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President opens new Parliament session


Sep 12, 2016 03:52:49 PM

President opens new Parliament session Fijian President, His Excellency Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote today opened the 2016-2017 session of Parliament.

In his address, President Konrote said the new parliamentary seating will continue its programme of modernisation reform and opens up new avenues of investment and opportunity.

He urged all Members of Parliament to support the Government’s overall vision of Fiji taking a pre-eminent role in the region and strengthening her voice and presence in the world.

He also mentioned that new laws will be introduced and existing ones reviewed  in the 2016-2017 Parliamentary session.

The new laws include quarantine; patents; industrial designs; trademarks; traditional knowledge and cultural expression; public health protection; secured transactions; pensions saving; the subdivision of land; town planning; elections; credit unions; electronic transactions; the transplantation of human organs; anti-doping laws; the registration of practicing engineers; and residential tenancy.

The review of legislation includes the Public Order Act; the Police Act; the Arbitration Act; the Housing Act; the Public Enterprises Act; the Stamp Duties Act; the Land Transport Act; the Consumer Credit Act; the Sale of Goods Act; the Bankruptcy Act and the Customs Tariff Act.

He added that the Parliament would also be asked to review the United Nations Electronic Communications Convention for ratification.

The President also acknowledged the presence of Naomi Lewakita, a student of the Fiji School of Blind who was invited on his special request.

“It was easily the most inspiring moment of a very inspiring day. So much so that I have asked Naomi to be with us in the Chamber today. And to receive the acclaim she so richly deserves for making us all so very proud.”

Lewakita was present at the Constitution Day celebrations held mid last week and had read a verse from the Braille language constitution.

Parliament has been adjourned till September 26 and will commence with a debate on the President’s opening speech.

By Sonal Shivangani



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