The genuinely warm embrace from the President of Fiji, Jioji Konrote, who was eagerly looking forward to meeting me, sent a very powerful signal that despite our political differences and past bitter public exchanges in the media, we have one common vision: FIJI comes FIRST.
President Konrote and the First Lady were chief guests at the 2016 Fiji Day celebrations, organized by the Fiji High Commission in London in partnership with Fijians living in the United Kingdom. In his remarks, Konrote emphasized the pivotal role of the Fijian diaspora in Fiji's development.
In his remarks, Konrote pointed out how Fijians, living not only in the United Kingdom but in other parts of the world, played a vital role in shaping Fiji's socio-economic development progress. In particular, he highlighted remittances and other forms of assistance provided to Fijians back home. This included the recent assistance by Fijians world-over to those affected by Cyclone Winston.
President Konrote and the First Lady are in the United Kingdom to open the largest exhibition on Fijian art and cultural artifacts at the University of East Anglia. He will also meet with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II