BAINIMARAMA TO DELIVER SPEECH AT UNITED

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Fiji military ruler then off to open embassy in Brazil

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Sept. 19, 2011) – The United Nations is expected to be updated on Fiji’s progress towards democratic elections when Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama delivers his address at the 66th UN General- Assembly in New York this week.

The Prime Minister’s Office yesterday confirmed that Commodore Bainimarama left the country last night and he will be addressing the leaders of member countries on Friday.

There has also been confirmation from his office that, from New York, Commodore Bainimarama will proceed to Brazil to open Fiji’s Embassy in Brasilia.

Former permanent secretary for Works and Transport Cama Tuiloma holds the post of Fiji’s Ambassador to Brazil, heading the country's first diplomatic mission in South Africa. Brazil is a member of the influential BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) group of emerging economies.

As he has been doing at the United Nations General-Assembly for the past four years, Commodore Bainimarama is expected to give a progress report to member countries.

This year, he is expected to give an update on electoral and civil service reforms.

He earlier said that Fiji, through the Strategic Framework for Change had embarked on a path of structural reform to modernise and liberalise the economy.

Commodore Bainimarama is also expected to include Fiji’s effort in the UN peacekeeping duties.

Meanwhile, Commodore Bainimarama will also be attending a special summit - focusing on the theme "Addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication".

It will also be attended by Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma.

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