Fiji’s 20-year National Development Plan which lays out the Government’s strategic vision across every sector of Government is the starting point in our journey towards 2050.Speaking at the Fiji national consultations workshop on 2050 strategy of the Blue Pacific Continent, Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama said that the National Development Plan must form the foundation of contributions by Ministries.

“Because when it comes to the vast majority of the work required of Fiji to realise the vision behind the PIF’s 2050 strategy, we have done it, we are doing it, or we plan to do it. So, there is no need for Government to re-invent the wheel when it comes to national planning.”

PM Bainimarama urged those present at the consultations to work smarter, and allocate resources more effectively.

“And to ensure the priorities of Pacific Island Countries don’t lose out to those of our larger neighbours, Pacific nations must speak clearly and together on where we differ, and on how those differences can be resolved. Given the urgency and ambition of what we’re looking to achieve, we won’t always have time to spare for traditional Pacific politics.

We can’t be overly constrained by protocol. Sometimes, we must be blunt about what we expect.

The head of Government added that changes brought by the global pandemic and climate emergency reveal the power of Pacific co-operation.

The one-day event will see a culmination of contributions from across Government, the private sector and civil society to imbue the region’s 2050 Strategy.

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