The Prime Minister – Voreqe Bainimarama, has acknowledged the strong cultural, historical, and trade ties between Fiji and the Independent State of Samoa.

Speaking at the Welcome Reception and Official Dinner for the Samoan Prime Minister – Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the Fijian head of government says – Fiji looks forward to taking the economic cooperation between the two countries, to another level.

Bainimarama also thanked the Samoan government for its support and contribution towards fighting the impacts of climate change.

When Fiji and Samoa assume global leadership, when they welcome global gatherings or when they speak in global forums, they speak for Fijians and for Samoans, for Tongans, Tuvaluans, and Solomon Islanders, and for every woman, man and child in the Pacific.

This was the message from the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama.

“The only prize that matters is the future we secure for our people: for Fijians, for Samoans, and for every Pacific Islander.When Fiji and Samoa succeed in protecting the interests of our citizens, we share those victories. And when our people are setback by cyclones, when they are threatened by rising seas, or their livelihoods are erased by the degradation of our oceans and reefs, that is loss and heartbreak we suffer together.”

Prime Minister also thanked the Samoan government for its support and contribution towards fighting the impacts of climate change.

“Your support of my presidency and of that mission has been critical. Alongside our fellow leaders in the Pacific, we’ve presented the world with a united front, we’ve asserted the full brunt of our moral authority – as vulnerable nations and as action leaders – on this issue, and, at the negotiations themselves in Bonn last year, we put the Pacific perspective at the forefront of the global climate negotiations. There, we moved forward the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and we scored a number of other major victories, including the launch of the Ocean Pathway Partnership, and that of the Talanoa Dialogue process.”

He adds he still sees the potential of the Pacific to emerge as a global leader in sustainable development, and to bring more of our people into the fold of the global economy by bringing new industries.

“Our trade ties are strong, and we’re looking to build on that success through improvements to the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement, along with the signage of the “Development Cooperation Agreement” between our countries, which I believe is the best next step to realising the untapped potential of our political and economic engagement.”

Bainimarama admits he knows the two nations will always remain totally and completely committed to each other’s success.

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