Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
12th October 2011, Suva:The Acting Deputy Secretary Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Penijamini Lomaloma, was the Government representative at the handing over ceremony of the newly built Multi Purpose Lecture Theatre at the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus on 12th October, 2011.
The Multi Purpose theatre was a donation by the Government of Japan through its bilateral assistance programme to Fiji.
In his introductory remarks, Professor Chandra described the occasion as a “significant” one for the region including the Governments of Japan and Fiji and the USP community.
“Such an investment in educational facilities will bring benefits to the region for many years to come and the willingness of Japan to share its knowledge and technology with the Pacific Island Countries demonstrates Japan’s deep commitment to meeting the needs of the region. All students will benefit from this excellent facility. It is a symbol of a reinvigorated and agile USP which is forging strong partnerships in the service of all its member countries and stakeholders,”said Professor Chandra.
Both the Fiji Government and the Konoike Construction Company Limited were applauded for the well completion of the facility ahead of schedule.
The Ambassador of Japan to Fiji, His Excellency, Mr Yutaka Yoshizawa, further elaborated that “the Lecture Theatre will provide state of the art learning environment and comfort to the students of USP and the new facility will become a benchmark in the development of ICT education in the region as well as a model for cooperation between Japan, USP and the Fiji Government”.
H.E. Yoshizawa expressed his appreciation to the Fiji Government and USP for their assistance and cooperation with the project. “The architectural expression of the new Lecture Theatre is unique and portrays the ‘Pacific Spirit’ depicting the strong Pacific arts and traditions prevalent in the region, as shown in the tapa designs on the building. These designs have been created in view of regional cooperation and symbolises the different Pacific traditions including those of the 12 USP member countries, endowing further elegance and uniqueness to the building”, highlighted the Ambassador.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Acting Deputy Secretary Mr Lomaloma said that “the Multi Purpose Theatre is a beautiful addition to the University and its ‘Pacific façade’ is a reflection of the arts and cultures of the islands”.
In thanking the Government of Japan, Mr Lomaloma explained that there is “no better way to reach the highest achieving tertiary students in the region than by locating the facility at USP. The Fiji Government acknowledges the leadership role that USP has taken with regards to the development of ICT and human resource capacity building in the Pacific region. The exposure to ICT that USP students enjoy in part because of the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre will benefit all of their home countries, when they return and are able to work well with ICT”.
The official opening of the Multi Purpose Lecture Theatre will take place later.
(Photo caption: From right to left:Key handover by H.E. Yutaka Yoshizawa, Japan Ambassador to Deputy Acting Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Penijamini Lomaloma (middle), who presents it to the Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra.)(More photos available here)
(Speech by the Acting Deputy Secretary may be viewed here)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji