Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
Wednesday 11 May 2011, Budapest, Hungary: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation., Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, provided an update on progress made with Fiji’s Roadmap to Democracy to the Political Committee of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Budapest on Wednesday 11 May 2011.
Minister Kubuabola updated Members on the progress Fiji is making towards a race-free sustainable democratic system, including through the removal of references to ethnicity in public institutions, and removal of institutionalized racial biases in government tendering processes. Minister Kubuabola reiterated that such actions are part of government’s roadmap focusing on socio-economic progress and infrastructure till 2012, and laying the foundation for political dialogue to begin in 2012, the formulation of a new constitution in 2013, and the holding of elections by 2014.
Minister Kubuabola further invited the Parliamentary Assembly to send a mission to Fiji in late 2012 or early 2013, when the political dialogue is under way, to see the progress being made on the ground and to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern with the authorities. He made this invitation in the context of a Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly mission envisaged for 2011 having been cancelled.
Members of the Committee spoke in support of Fiji’s suggestion that a JPA mission be sent to Fiji, highlighting that the best way to support Fiji in its Roadmap to Democracy is by engaging with the authorities in its work to understand its efforts and assist with problems being faced along the way.
The Political Committee of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly meets ahead of the Joint Political Committee of the ACP-EU JPA for ACP internal discussions and to prepare for the Joint Parliamentary Assembly, which will be held from 13-18 May 2011.
(Photo caption: Minister Kubuabola with Tuvalu's Minister for Natural Resources Hon Isaia Taesa Italelei and Samoan Assistant Minister Hon Victor Tamapua)
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