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The FijiFirst General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum this evening officiated as chief guest at the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre Awards Dinner. The Annual Awards recognises the efforts of Pacific Island countries whose financial (tax) organisations continue to create a benchmark for other pacific states. This Years awards winners were Kiribati, Fiji and Tonga.


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FijiFirst General Secretary Launches Free Wifi Zone https://fijifirst.com/fijifirst-general-secretary-launches-free-wifi-zone/ https://fijifirst.com/fijifirst-general-secretary-launches-free-wifi-zone/#respond Sat, 15 Sep 2018 05:13:52 +0000 https://fijifirst.com/?p=16752 FijiFirst General Secretary Launches Free Wifi Zone was first posted on September 15, 2018 at 5:13 pm.
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FijiFirst General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum today launched the Sigatoka Wifi zone.


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FijiFirst General Secretary Visits Sigatoka Market https://fijifirst.com/fijifirst-general-secretary-visits-sigatoka-market/ https://fijifirst.com/fijifirst-general-secretary-visits-sigatoka-market/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:42:36 +0000 https://fijifirst.com/?p=16755 FijiFirst General Secretary Visits Sigatoka Market was first posted on September 15, 2018 at 5:42 am.
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The FijiFirst General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum today paid a surprise visit to the Sigatoka market where is was welcomed by cheers and ‘Cola vina’ from the vendors and shoppers.

The FijiFirst General Secretary was in Sigatoka to launch the Wifi zone for the town and took the opportunity to meet with the local Nadroga/Navosa community who were in town.

Stoping for selfies and photos along the way, He also used his walk through the market to buy fruits and vegetables from the vendors.


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FijiFirst Leader Opens High Level Talanoa https://fijifirst.com/fijifirst-leader-opens-high-level-talanoa/ https://fijifirst.com/fijifirst-leader-opens-high-level-talanoa/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 21:39:19 +0000 https://fijifirst.com/?p=16749 FijiFirst Leader Opens High Level Talanoa was first posted on September 14, 2018 at 9:39 am.
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The FijiFirst Leader officially opened the High Level Talanoa at the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, California, yesterday.

The High Level Talanoa is an official affiliated event for the Global Climate Action Summit, which is taking place from September 12-14.

More than 100 people registered for the Talanoa session. The participants represented governments, the private sector, NGOs and civil society with the intention of finding ways of reducing carbon emissions.

Among the attendees present, were:

(i) The Prime Minister of Barbados, Her Excellency Mia Motley;
(ii) The Governor of California Mr. Jerry Brown; and
(iii) The UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Mrs. Patricia Espinosa.

The concept of Talanoa is to use storytelling as way to engage participants from different fields of life to share ideas, innovations and best practices in addressing climate change that political leaders can then use at the national level.

During the session, a total of 20 participants were given the opportunity to share their stories on how they are addressing the issue of climate change and how they can contribute to ensure zero emissions in the future.

The FijiFirst Leader shared the story of Vio Village near Lautoka, where the villagers now have access to solar-powered electricity, which was made possible through a partnership with the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation.

Governor Brown mentioned in his talanoa that he has signed a bill that would require the state of California to become carbon-neutral by 2045.

The twenty speakers who shared their talanoa gave real-life stories and actions, best practices which were useful in helping many adopt these practices and leapfrog ahead in the area of climate action and ambition.

The Prime Minister is currently in San Francisco to attend and speak at the Global Climate Action Summit.

For a copy of the FijiFirst Leaders speech please click https://goo.gl/2P63hx


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FijiFirst General Secretary Opens CPA 2018 Congress https://fijifirst.com/fijifirst-general-secretary-opens-cpa-2018-congress/ https://fijifirst.com/fijifirst-general-secretary-opens-cpa-2018-congress/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 01:43:53 +0000 https://fijifirst.com/?p=16737 FijiFirst General Secretary Opens CPA 2018 Congress was first posted on September 13, 2018 at 1:43 pm.
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The FijiFirst General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to officiate as a keynote speaker at the CPA Australia-Fiji Branch 2018 Annual Congress at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort in Sigatoka today. CPA Australia – Fiji annual congress allows for leading accounting, finance and business professional to strengthen, share and gather insights to improve business practices. CPA Australia has over 500 members in Fiji. Speaking at the conference in Sigatoka today the FijiFirst General Secretary highlighted the important role played by the private sector in Fiji’s growth as a nation. He also provided a state of the nation economic update to participants. The FijiFirst General Secretary also was part of a panel discussion at the congress later in the day.


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FijiFirst General Secretary Opens Teachers Conference https://fijifirst.com/fijifirst-general-secretary-opens-fiji-teachers-conference/ https://fijifirst.com/fijifirst-general-secretary-opens-fiji-teachers-conference/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 23:47:53 +0000 https://fijifirst.com/?p=16726 FijiFirst General Secretary Opens Teachers Conference was first posted on September 12, 2018 at 11:47 am.
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The FijiFirst General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum this morning opened Fiji Head Teachers Association annual conference 2018 in Nadi. Attended by head teachers from around the country’s primary school the 24th conference aims to strengthen primary education. In opening the conference today, Sayed-Khaiyum urged the school heads to be the difference in the education sector. He highlighted many aspects of the reforms and the challenges faced by teachers and the education ministry in ensuring that no students is left behind.


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How Rabuka and Qarase LOST Momi and Denarau https://fijifirst.com/how-rabuka-and-qarase-lost-momi-and-denarau/ https://fijifirst.com/how-rabuka-and-qarase-lost-momi-and-denarau/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 04:07:39 +0000 https://fijifirst.com/?p=16523 How Rabuka and Qarase LOST Momi and Denarau was first posted on September 9, 2018 at 4:07 pm.
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While SODELPA spread misinformation about land rights, they fail to acknowledge that in June 2006, the SDL Government approved to convert iTaukei land in Momi into freehold land title and then transferred that land to a private company as part of a land swap deal.

So when the SDL Government was in power not only did it do nothing to fix this serious breach in the security of iTaukei land, but it actually knowingly approved a transaction that alienated iTaukei land from its owners forever.

This was done by the then the SDL Minister for Lands, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu who presented this proposal to Cabinet. The proposal was approved by Cabinet, which was chaired by the former Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase. And the Cabinet at that time also included the current leader of SODELPA, Ro Teimumu Kepa. They were able to do this even though the so-called entrenched provisions were in effect.

Similar land swap deals were also done by the SVT Government in the 1990s in Denarau, which led to the conversion of iTaukei lands into freehold lands. Lost forever. The Minister for Lands at that time was Ratu Timoci Vesikula and the Chair of Cabinet at that time was the then PM Sitiveni Rabuka. Now, the Constitution ensures that this type of theft of iTaukei land will never happen again. In fact, even before the Constitution was finalised, the Bainimarama Government closed this loophole.

This means that the percentage of land under iTaukei ownership – which currently stands at 91 per cent – will never be reduced, and in fact, could actually increase.

Section 28 of the Constitution expressly states that the ownership of ALL iTaukei, Rotuman and Banaban lands shall remain with the customary owners and shall NOT be permanently alienated whether by sale, grant, transfer or exchange.

Under our Constitution, the State can only use land for a public purpose if it pays landowners fair and just compensation at the time of acquisition. (Section 27) And also for the first time, if land which has been used for a public purpose, is no longer required by the State, then that land MUST be returned to its customary owners. This added protection is expressly stated in our Constitution. (Section 28(4))

Indeed, the rights of land owners are more secure now than they were under the 1997 Constitution.

Also for the first time, landowners will now be entitled to receive a fair share of royalties or money paid to the State for the extraction of minerals from the land or seabed (mining) in fishing right areas. (Section 30)

Despite the 1997 constitution’s so-called “entrenched Provisions,” which SODELPA and other political parties refer to, there are documented cases of iTaukei land being permanently alienated from its owners through a legal loophole that allowed iTaukei land to be converted to State land and then to freehold land.

The Constitution now ensures that no future Government and its leadership will be able to bend the rules like the SDL and SVT governments did in the past.


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Fiji Times caught lying again https://fijifirst.com/fiji-times-caught-lying-again/ https://fijifirst.com/fiji-times-caught-lying-again/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 02:40:07 +0000 https://fijifirst.com/?p=16506 Fiji Times caught lying again was first posted on September 9, 2018 at 2:40 pm.
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A statement from the Attorney General and FijiFirst’s General Secretary

It’s only appropriate to start by acknowledging the Fiji Times for marking its 149th anniversary. It was sad to see them celebrate the occasion by playing loose with the facts and giving voice to outright lies. It seems the storied paper has, under the Motibhai Group’s eight years of politically-driven administration, hit a new low.

In its coverage today (Tuesday 4 September), the Fiji Times falsely quoted me as saying that school heads do not need modern skills like school management and computer literacy to be effective, when in fact, my circular to Fijian teachers said the exact opposite before going on to say that free training for these essential skills would be provided by the Ministry.

My problem is not with the unions themselves – it is with the misinformation being spread by their selfish, out-of-touch, and politically-motivated bosses.

In a separate article, the paper also ran a quote from a clearly-unnerved union boss who claimed the circular “attacked” the unions, suggesting that the information in the circular was given to only one news source. The Fiji Times knows that these statements are flatly false. As I made clear in the circular, which was sent to 9,683 teachers along with all Fijian media over the weekend, my problem is not with the unions themselves –– it is with the misinformation being spread by their selfish, out-of-touch, and politically-motivated bosses. Let me again be clear: Unions, when led with thoughtful purpose, can play a useful and productive role in employer and employee relationships. But that can’t happen when they’re headed by those more interested in basking in the limelight and keeping us stuck in a system that served their own interests, rather than the interests of the teachers they are meant to serve.

The Fiji Times has proven that it’s either sloppy, driven by an agenda, or like the union bosses, willfully trying to mislead the public.

The Fiji Times has proven that it’s either sloppy, driven by an agenda, or like the union bosses, willfully trying to mislead the public. Tuesday’s coverage only scratches the surface of the type of misinformation being spread. The Fijian people, and our teachers, deserve an open and honest conversation that is based on the truth. For this to happen, the Fiji Times needs to operate as any truly responsible and independent news organisation should: by reporting the news, not reporting to a hidden political agenda. This will require them to check the facts, and not let unfounded claims and flat lies go unchallenged.

Teachers with listed email addresses have already received the circular, and this direct and transparent line of communication has already proven to be effective. That’s why we are working with Government ITC to allocate an official GOVNET email address to every Fijian teacher, widely opening their correspondence with the Ministry. We fully acknowledge that the Ministry of Education has had issues with reaching and servicing our teachers in the past, and that there are still administrative matters, in particular within the human resources department and the district education offices, that need to be addressed and dramatically improved; this is why we are instituting reforms in the first place. With these improvements, we will work more personally with our teachers, collaborating together to empower and reward them –– bringing Fijian education and the teaching profession into a new era of fairness, accountability and transparency.

For now, I encourage all teachers to read the circular for themselves. Going forward, I encourage all Fijians to look at any claims and media coverage with a critical eye, raise questions, and demand the truth.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Education, Heritage & the Arts


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Savusavu Receives New Ambulance https://fijifirst.com/savusavu-receives-new-ambulance/ https://fijifirst.com/savusavu-receives-new-ambulance/#respond Fri, 07 Sep 2018 22:29:58 +0000 https://fijifirst.com/?p=16595 Savusavu Receives New Ambulance was first posted on September 8, 2018 at 10:29 am.
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The FijiFirst Leader Voreqe Bainimarama today handed over a new ambulance to the Savusavu Fire Station. The provsion of the ambulances will help improve the services offered by the fire officers. The cost of the ambulance was $89,800.


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Savusavu Public Wifi Hotspot Launched https://fijifirst.com/savusavu-public-wifi-hotspot-launched/ https://fijifirst.com/savusavu-public-wifi-hotspot-launched/#respond Fri, 07 Sep 2018 18:15:22 +0000 https://fijifirst.com/?p=16588 Savusavu Public Wifi Hotspot Launched was first posted on September 8, 2018 at 6:15 am.
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Fijians in Savusavu Town can now access free WiFi at the Foreshore ground following its launch by the FijiFirst Leader Voreqe Bainimarama today. This would enable members of the public to get free connectivity for 60 minutes a day absolutely free. And while speaking at the launch, the FijiFirst General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this was all a part of Governments vision for all Fijians to be connected regardless of their location. “This would not have been possible without the vision of our Honourable Prime Minister who wants every Fijian, no matter where they live, to be connected to not just voice but also data and also not just connected through telecommunication, but to all infrastructure in Fiji,” he said. 

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