Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiated as chief guest at the Victorian Multicultural Sports Association business event at the Crown Towers in Melbourne, Australia yesterday evening.
Prime Minister Bainimarama thanked and commended the young organization for its love of sport and the recognition of its tremendous potential, adding it made VMSA a natural partner for Fiji and the Fijian people.
“I’d like to begin by thanking you, in advance, for hosting your under-19 national football team in July as they prepare for the World Cup in Tahiti, and for the funds your membership helped raise to assist flood victims back in Fiji. So even though you may be a young organisation, your impact is already being felt in a big way, vinaka vakalevu,” PM Bainimarama said.
While addressing more than 200 guests, mostly former Fijians now residing in Australia, Prime Minister Bainimarama updated them on the latest developments happening in Fiji.
These included updates on the success of the growing Fijian economy and the leading role Fiji has taken on the global stage on the issues that matter most to our people for a secure future.
“While I know Australia has become a home for you, it means a great deal to me that you all still care so deeply about Fiji and the wellbeing of your fellow Fijians. And I can say with full confidence that this feeling goes both ways; Fiji will always remain your home and, as always, each one of you is an equal and cherished member of our global Fijian family,” PM Bainimarama said.
He said over the past decade, the Fijian Government had spent more than $7.4 billion on roads, bridges, schools and other infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Bainimarama – on behalf of VMSA – also presented recognition gifts to Mr Alfred John Sahayam of Labasa and Mr Ravinesh Chand of Sydney.
Mr Sahayam was recognized for his achievements in the agriculture sector and his contributions towards sustainable land management while Mr Chand was acknowledged for his charitable work in Fiji.