Our people have recognised the need for a new standard of resilience to meet the constant threat we now face, even outside the traditional cyclone season. They know - because they lived through it - that we must build back stronger and better to survive the more frequent and more intense cyclones that are coming because of climate change.
Here in Fiji, we are fully committed to our agenda for expanding access to high quality education. We’ve made education free for the first time in Fijian history, we are proving our students with free textbooks and subsidised transportation to school. And, recently, we’ve massively expanded access to merit-based scholarships and our affordable tertiary education loans scheme, and made those programmes more tailored to students’ needs.
Sustainability has been at the core of my Government’s development agenda since day one. I have said time and time again, and I repeat tonight: no development in Fiji will be unsustainable. And, in the time that has passed since I was with you all at last year’s awards ceremony, our passion for sustainable development has been elevated and channeled in ways that, just a few short years ago, few would have imagined possible for a small island state like ours.
Education ministers and their delegations from around the world have arrived in Nadi in preparation for the 20th annual Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM). Held every three years, CCEM is a high-level series of meetings giving education officials from the 53 Commonwealth countries an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue and discuss key education issues and trends-- this year, in the context of climate change.
Fiji has secured significant railway infrastructure development assistance from the Indian Government during Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum's official visit to the World Sustainable Development Summit held in New Delhi, India from the 15 – 17 February, 2018.