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Coalition Govt is holding firm and progressing: PM

The People’s Coalition Government is holding firm and progressing as expected.

This was the reassurance made by the Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka while meeting with the Fijian Diaspora at Aldershot in Hampshire, England.

Aldershot is known as the home of the British Army which currently has 2000 active personnel from Fiji.

In 1854, at the time of the Crimean War, Aldershot Garrison was established as the first permanent training camp for the British Army.

This led to a rapid expansion of Aldershot from a small village to a Victorian town.

Aldershot hosts the annual military festival, previously known as the Military Tattoo.

In acknowledging challenges faced daily in Fiji, the Prime Minister informed those in attendance that the Government is manoeuvring through these difficulties and “delivering its services to the people”.

“It is our duty to tell the truth as we know it.”

“We have continued to refine our institutions, ensuring that we deliver to the best of our abilities.”

Rabuka took the opportunity to update members of the Diaspora about the government’s development plans and progress made over the past 17 months.

“We have been recovering from COVID-19. Our tourism industry and national airline assisted us greatly. Our people have shown remarkable resilience and recovery.

“I also want to convey my appreciation to you all for your generous financial support rendered to your families back home. Vinaka vakalevu.”

Rabuka, on behalf of the Government, acknowledged the contributions of the diaspora to our people through remittances, which reached the $1 billion mark in 2022.

“Remittances continued to increase in 2023 and we anticipate a further increase this year,” he remarked.

Addressing challenges such as the recent seizure of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of more than FJ$2 billion in Fiji, Rabuka highlighted that the Government is committed to working with relevant authorities to address this problem.

“We are grateful for the prayers and continued support of our citizens, both at home and abroad.”

After traditional ceremonies of welcome, a town-hall style talanoa session was held where members of the diaspora directly engaged with the Prime Minister.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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