‘Need to build resilient economy’

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with women and children at the the Macuata Provincial Council meeting in Vunivutu Village, Labasa. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

We need to build a resilient and sustainable economy as fast as possible and a future for communities to withstand the deteriorating impacts of climate change, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

While opening the Macuata Provincial Council meeting in Vunivutu Village, Labasa on Wednesday, he reminded villagers and chiefs that whenever he presented the nation’s climate change cases on the world front, he did so for the sake of vulnerable communities.

“I do so for our children whose future lies within our collective hands,” he said.

“We need to build a future in which we rely on our oceans in sustainable and responsible ways so that it is not left barren and lifeless for future generations.

“That requires a complex, cooperative and cohesive national development strategy. We are paving that path together as a government with our provincial councils and you have seen the good work we have done together here in Macuata.

“The worst of the pandemic is behind us but ahead lies defining choices for the most serious challenges Fiji has ever encountered, the most urgent being the climate crisis.”

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