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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Media Release

Fiji Day Celebration in PNG

 

 

 

PNG Fiji day 2012

10th October 2012, Port Moresby: The Fiji High Commission in PNG held a cocktail reception on Wednesday night (10th   October)  at the Ela Beach Hotel, Port Moresby  to celebrate Fiji’s 42nd National Day.

Honourable Ben Micah joined senior government officials in the Prime Minister’s Office and  Ministry of Foreign Affairs; as well as members of the diplomatic corps, the business community and the Fijian community mark this special day for Fiji.

The event was made special with the entertainment of popular Fijian singer, Jese Mucunabitu. Mr. Mucunabitu was flown to PNG to attend this celebration by kind courtesy of Air Niugini. Chief Executive Officer for Air Niugini Ltd, Mr. Wasantha Kumarasiri, also attended the event.

The Fijian community in Port Moresby who attended in large numbers displayed “mekes” to  provide further entertainment for the night, to the delight of invited guests.

In  his  speech,  Fiji’s  High  Commissioner  to  PNG,  His  Excellency  Romanu Tikotikoca said that Fijians love to celebrate important occasions and the more we can get together to share our joy and excitement with our brothers and sisters of other cultures and societies from outside our own culture, the better. This was one such occasion.

High Commissioner Tikotikoca said the Fijian people are a people who have experienced triumph in the face of adversities and our desire to prevail in a world of change, remains focussed. Today’s celebration therefore, he said, was a fresh call to come together in unity and forge the path to a future that will benefit all our people.

“As our government sets our nation up for full and democratic election in the year 2014,  we  are  called  as  citizens  of  Fiji  to  build  our  nation  so  that  our children’s and their children’s socio-economic security is secure”.

“After all the uncertainties over the last 25 years we should justifiably be proud of the  way that  we  have  managed  to turn  things  around. This  is,  in  no small measure, due to the indomitable spirit that characterises the Fijian people”.
 
HC Tikotikoca conveying his Fiji Day address    Part of the crowd/ invited guests at the reception

High  Commissioner Tikotikoca  also  thanked  the  Government  and  People  of Papua  New  Guinea  for  their  continued  support.  The  proposed  visit  by  the Honourable Prime Minister  to Fiji next week is a further step in advancing this relationship and that he hoped that the  Honourable Prime Minister will enjoy some of the typical Fijian hospitality.

The High Commissioner also thanked other friends in the international arena, who have never desisted from assisting Fiji in their own ways.