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FIJI ‘PEOPLE’S CHARTER’ RELEASED TO PUBLIC Document prescribes common national identify

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Aug. 6, 2008) – A 38-page document that prescribes a new direction for Fiji and a future without coups, amongst others, has been released to the public.

The draft Fiji People’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress was endorsed by the National Council for Building a Better Fiji yesterday and given to the media today.

It proposes shared values, vision and principles as basis for 11 key pillars for building a better Fiji.

The pillars include: Ensuring Sustainable Democracy and Good and Just Governance; Developing a Common National Identity and Building Social Cohesion; Ensuring Effective, Enlightened and Accountable Leadership; Enhancing Public Sector Efficiency, Performance Effectiveness and Service Delivery; Achieving Higher Economic Growth While Ensuring Sustainability; Making More Land Available for Productive and Social Purposes; Developing an Integrated Development Structure at the Provincial Level; Reducing Poverty to a Negligible Level by 2015; Making Fiji a Knowledge based Society; Improving Health Service Delivery; and Enhancing Global Integration and International Relations.

Proposed actions include the use of a common roll for all future elections, realigning the role of the military, a common national identity and the promulgation of an Anti-Discrimination Act, to name a few.

The draft Charter also proposes to end the cycle of coups by applying a 12 prong principles-based strategy including reforms addressing ethno-nationalism, leadership, good governance, human rights and national reconciliation.

The architects of the draft Peoples Charter intend that its final form, to be presented to the President Ratu Josefa Iloilo on October 10, will be "a commitment that we, the People of Fiji, make to each other to change our attitudes, our thinking, the way we live and the way we are governed".

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