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Media Release

Minister Kubuabola Farewell Speech to Ambassador McGann.

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REMARKS ON THE OCCASION OF A FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR H.E. C. STEVEN MCGANN, AMBASSADOR OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO FIJI, FRIDAY, 01 JULY 2011, BORRON HOUSE, SUVA

HE the President and First Lady,
Acting PM and AG with his good wife
Colleague Ministers
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen

We are here, tonight, to enjoy one last evening together with His Excellency  Steven McGann and Madame Bertra McGann and thank them for serving as the Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary of the US to Fiji, and  bid them farewell.

We wish them all the very best for their next appointment. Even before His Excellency Steve McGann arrived in Fiji to take up his posting in November 2008, he was already familiar with this region. He wrote in the Foreign Service Journal in January of 2007, whilst Director for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island countries, of the need for the US's engagement in the South Pacific.

Ambassador McGann has achieved a great deal during his time here. Just to mention a few: he has overseen the finalisation and opening of the US Embassy on Princes Road. Congratulations Ambassador McGann on this great achievement.

He has overseen the reopening of the USAID office here in Suva. I trust that the reopening of the USAID office is in recognition of the need for concrete developmental efforts in the country and also as a means of strengthening the partnership between our two countries.

Ambassador McGann has facilitated and conveyed the decision by the US Government to engage with the government of Fiji during his term here. Fiji has maintained its stance that the best way to address any concerns in bilateral relations should be through dialogue and engagement.

We look forward to continued engagement with the US government in this manner, and are pleased that there is one more friend who understands Fiji in the State Department in the person of Ambassador McGann.

our Excellency and Madame, thank you for all the work you have done in your time here, the countless meetings that you have initiated, your efforts in understanding Fiji's situation, and the projects that you have initiated and seen to conclusion.

Your initiatives have laid the groundwork for long-term gains in our partnership, and you will be remembered through the projects as they yield results over the years.

May God continue to give you success as you take up your next assignment.

Vinaka Vaka levu, Excellency, and Godspeed."