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Undying hope and resilience our pillar of strength: Fiji PM Bainimarama
04:17 am GMT+12, 09/10/2020, Fiji

-Fiji’s undying sense of hope and resilience has gotten us through many obstacles in the past five decades making us the hub of the Pacific post-independence.
 
Recalling Fiji’s Independence in 1970, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the fear of the unknown and the idea of forming a new independent country at the time was overcome when Fiji raised its flag signifying hope for all Fijians.
 
Bainimarama said independence was the first great leap towards the many challenges that we had to face over the years and is a process of building a great nation.
 
“Still we can take comfort in these things that drive us. The resilience and unity of our people, our togetherness and our eternal flame of hope. Again, the future is uncertain. We know if we work hard, if we stand together and look out for one another we will press through this crisis onto better days and we will be stronger for having endured it.”
 
Addressing the Ministry of I-taukei Affairs Fiji Day celebration in Suva today, Bainimarama said our resilience, sacrifice and strength in one another is what binds Fijians together.
 
“As we come together to celebrate a half-century later, Fiji like nations around the world is left dealing with the economic fallout of a global pandemic.”
 
The Prime Minister acknowledged that the hard work of all Fijians who have made Fiji the nation it is today.
 
Meanwhile, in commemorating Fiji’s 50th Year of Independence, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today launched a postage stamp.
 
The launch also coincides with World Postal Day which marks the creation of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 – the same year Fiji was ceded to the British.
 
Bainimarama said the stamp has a value of 38cents and will be in circulation for two years before it will be withdrawn.
 
The PM has urged all Fijians to show their pride in our 50 years of Independence by using this postage stamp.
 
“I want to commend Post Fiji for another beautiful design. A design that has an elegant simplicity. It shows the Fiji Flag and the official 50 Years of Fijian Independence logo. The logo is already very familiar to us. It is a solid circle of Fiji blue with the words “Fiji 50” in white. As we have said it represents us as young. Modern and forward-looking nation, full of potential as we embrace the next 50 years and beyond. It symbolises our proud past and a brilliant future.”
 
Fiji will be marking its 50th year of independence Saturday at Albert Park and other celebrations will also take place around the country.

SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS


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