PM OFFICIATES AT HANDING OVER CEREMONY OF 200 VEHICLES DONATED BY CHINA
Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at the handing over ceremony of 200 new vehicles donated by the People’s Republic of China at the Police Mobile Unit, Makoi, Nasinu this morning.
The total value of the vehicles is $17.5 million FJD.
The vehicles include 50 school buses, 30 ambulances, 50 police cars, 50 minibuses and 20 panel vans.
PM Bainimarama thanked the Government of China for supporting the Fijian government’s campaign to expand access to critical services
for communities in rural and maritime parts of Fiji. He said this donation that will contribute to assisting the Government to achieve this objective.
“China has been a steadfast friend, and we are deeply appreciative of this assistance. Having more vehicles means we can respond more quickly to emergencies, address urgent needs of ordinary Fijians and keep delivering on our agenda for rural outreach and development. These vehicles will immediately be put to use and integrated within our existing Government fleet under the management of the Fleet Management Team within our Ministry of Economy,” the Prime Minister said.
Meanwhile, Ambassador of People’s Republic of China to Fiji, H.E. Qian Bo said the vehicles can be seen as the New Year’s gift from China to the Fijian government and the people especially villagers and children in rural areas.H.E. Ian said the vehicle project was only made possible under the direct attention by the leaders of both countries. He also mentioned that Prime Minister Bainimarama attended “the Belt and Road Forum for International Corporation” held in Beijing last May, and witnessed the signing of the Vehicle Project Agreement with the Chinese leaders.[Information sourced from here]