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Media Release

Vanuatu Donates Five Million Vatu towards PM’S Flood Relief Fund

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15th March, 2012: The benevolent spirit that unites Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) members could not have been better exemplified at a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, His Excellency Sato Kilman, for the Fiji delegation last Monday, 12 March 2012.

The delegation, led by the Prime Minister, Commodore Josaia. V. Bainimarama, were taken by surprise when PM Kilman donated a cheque of 5 million vatu (FJ$83,640.00) to the Prime Minister as his Government’s donation towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

In donating the cheque, PM Kilman expressed his Government’s sympathy towards families, whose lives and homes were affected by the recent flood. He further expressed his hope that the funds would be a sigh of relief for those who were badly affected by the flood.

In response, Commodore Bainimarama was indeed thankful for this munificent assistance.  As Fiji is undergoing rehabilitation programs to ensure that families and their well-being are restored, this donation is indeed a blessing in the nick of time.

With this kind gesture, both Prime Ministers were optimistic that the bilateral relations between Fiji and Vanuatu will continue to grow from strength to strength in the years to come.