Fiji recently shared its experiences, learning’s and solutions to mitigate the impacts of COVID19 in a Commonwealth COVID19 Virtual Leaders Meeting which was attended by about 44 Commonwealth member states, six Heads of Government, five Foreign Ministers and senior officials as well as High Commissioners accredited to the Commonwealth Secretariat.
In providing Fiji’s interventions at this meeting, Fiji’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Jitoko Tikolevu emphasised the double burden challenges faced by Small Island States in addressing the impacts of climate change and COVID19.
Fiji’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Jitoko Tikolevu spoke on the commitment of the Fijian government to protect the lives of Fijian families that led Fiji to being COVID contained.
He told the forum that Fiji was working to revive the Fijian economy and livelihoods by seeking opportunities for trade and investment with international partners.
He also spoke on Fiji’s commitment to work with development partners to restrategise, attract investment and integrate the blue-green growth policies and promote investments in climate smart activities.
High Commissioner Tikolevu spoke on the recently announced ‘Phase 2’ of Fiji’s COVID-Safe Economic Recovery that saw the launch of the careFIJI App.
He also emphasised the need for climate oriented solutions, to restrategise the SDG’s, taking into account the social, economic, environmental dynamics posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The meeting also heard the importance of Foreign Direct Investment to enhance national development efforts through Infrastructure establishment, commodity development, promoting entrepreneurship and ensuring effective and efficient economic activities.
Members agreed that recovery efforts would be greatly supported through collaboration, Aid, sharing of leanings as well as interventions such as: Debt service suspension, Debt swap and even Debt write-off/cancellation.
The meeting highlighted that it was important that social issues such as Human Rights, and advocacy of persons living with disabilities, displaced, marginalised and vulnerable groups are given equal focus and priority.