Fiji PM: Government Is Building A Nation Based On ‘Meritocracy’

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Bainimarama encourages Fijians in Canada to return home

By Mere Naleba

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Aug. 11, 2015) – Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has encouraged the Fijian community to embrace the new Fiji which the Government is working on in "building a nation and society on meritocracy".

Since arriving in Canada, he said there were three things he had been aggressively advocating on — there was a new Fiji, there was a new spirit and confidence in the country; and Fiji was open for business.

"We guarantee freedom and equality for all — in deeds as well as in words. Fiji has repudiated its past of division, racism, ethno-nationalism and sectarianism," Mr Bainimarama said in his address to members of the British Columbia Muslim Association in Canada.

"We Fijians believe in ourselves and in each other.

"We believe we can do anything. Just as we have stood up to do more than our fair share in international peacekeeping and gained respect in international athletics, we are becoming the leading political and economic nation in our part of the world."

He said the Government had set out methods to establish conditions that encouraged domestic and international investment and he believed it was working.

He said Fijians living in Canada should never once feel they were not welcomed in Fiji.

"Many of you came to Canada because you came to the conclusion that you were not welcome in Fiji.

"As I have said many times since I have been in Canada, your departure was Fiji's loss.

"I am here to tell you that the doors to your homeland are open once again."

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