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Framework to foster unity and inclusivity

The Multi-Ethnic Framework aims to foster social cohesion and embrace diversity in propelling Fiji forward on its path towards unity and inclusivity.

While announcing the completion of the policy report on the framework, Minister for Multi-Ethnic Affairs, Charan Jeath Singh said the establishment of the Multi-Ethnic Affairs Ministry, reinstated by the Coalition Government in 2023, underscores the commitment to addressing the diverse needs of Fiji’s population.

He highlighted the pivotal role played by consultants Dr Rajen Prasad and Radhe Nand, whose exhaustive consultations across Fiji provided valuable insights for the framework’s development.

“We acquired the services of two appropriate consultants from New Zealand Dr Rajen Prasad and Radhe Nand who offered their service to Fiji (free of charge) to propose a framework for the Government’s consideration,” Singh explained.

Throughout the consultation process, spanning over 50 engagements, stakeholders from various sectors including government officials, community leaders, academics, and representatives from faith-based organizations, provided input on shaping the Ministry’s mandate and objectives.

“As we revive the Ministry of Multi-Ethnic Affairs after thirteen years, our draft framework charts a clear path forward and outlines priorities that resonate deeply with the fabric of our society.” Singh elaborated.

Key components of the framework include initiatives to promote social cohesion, celebrate cultural heritage, and ensure equitable access to Government services for all ethnic communities.

Minister Singh stressed the importance of fostering trust and respect amongst communities, as well as strengthening ties between the government and its citizens.

“The framework envisions Fiji as a socially cohesive nation where individuals from all backgrounds can coexist harmoniously in an integrated and inclusive manner.”

Furthermore, the framework aims to shape Fiji as a nation known for its respect for indigenous culture, appreciation of ethnic diversity, and inclusivity.

In concluding his address, Singh extended gratitude to all contributors and announced plans to table the framework for Cabinet’s consideration.

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

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