Thirty-two #Fijian men and women from various organisations were honoured and awarded 50th Anniversary of Independence Commemorative medals at a Special Investiture ceremony held at the State House.

While at the ceremony, His Excellency, the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote said the present #COVID19 Pandemic has had a profound effect on our National Plan to commemorate and celebrate this important milestone in #Fiji’s young history, resulting in a somewhat scaled down overall national celebrations programme.

“But this should not dampen our “Fijian Can Do” spirit nor deviate our focus and attention from the fact that within a period of half a century since Independence, our young and developing nation has evolved into an acceptable level of universal socio-political and economical maturity that we should all be proud about in today’s unpredictable and uncertain global environment that we live in.”

“With our typically famous Fijian friendly, positive and ‘Can Do’ attitude to life, Ladies and gentlemen, we are proclaiming to our citizens and our wider global community and the Fijian diaspora that, “This Is Who We Are – We Are Fiji”!

President Konrote added that despite the world-wide pandemic of COVID-19, Fijians can still rejoice and celebrate certain events in life-like this month’s 50th Anniversary Independence National celebrations by being positive and having a firm faith in the Almighty.

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