‘Pie must grow’

Honourable Lynda Tabuya escorts the President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, into Parliament last Friday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Diversifying our resource-based sectors is key to growing the economy, says President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere.

He said this while opening the 2023-2024 Parliament session last Friday.

“To grow the economy, we must increase the size of the pie by diversifying our resource-based sectors that give us the greatest potential and opportunities,” the President said.

“We must continue to improve on our infrastructure to meet the demands of a modern Fiji and our social services, particularly health and education, must continue to be improved to meet the current and future needs of the nation.”

Ratu Wiliame also highlighted the need for Fiji to be prepared for climate crises.

“Our vulnerability to increased severity and frequency of natural disasters due to climate change cannot be ignored. We must continue to put into place mitigation and adaptation strategies with support from the international community.”

He congratulated all members of Parliament on being called to serve Fiji and all her people.

“I urge you to deliberate with intention, advocate with thoughtfulness and inclusivity, and debate with respect and finesse, and in all that you do, deliver on your sacred duty to the people of Fiji.

“It is my hope and prayer that you must all work together for the betterment of our nation, in co-operation and unity.”

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