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NEED TO BOOST INTRA-MSG TRADE- PS SHAHEEN ALI
There is a need to boost the intra-Melanesian Spearhead Group trade as some MSG countries currently charge higher tariffs than the normal “most favoured nations (MFN) ” tariff.

Special Trade and Economic Officials Meeting chair and Fiji’s Ministry of Industry and Trade permanent secretary Mr Shaheen Ali told trade officials at the MSG meeting today that “intra-MSG trade is small compared to trade with non-MSG partners”.


“While Fiji’s trade with MSG countries has been important, most of it takes place outside the MSGTA (MSG Trade Agreement)”, he said.

He reminded participants that currently there were some instances where MSG tariffs to MSG member countries were higher than the normal MFN tariffs.

“Colleagues, this is not only inconsistent with our international obligations but runs counter to the spirit and the ethos of MSG.”

The TEOM is the core of the MSG by virtue of churning out the important decisions to progress the trade and economic well being of the region, Mr Ali said.

“The outcomes of our deliberations will form the way forward for the MSG Members, after being considered by the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), and endorsed by the Foreign Ministers (FMM) and the Leaders,” he said.

Mr Ali re-emphasised the sentiments of Fiji’s Prime Minister and MSG chair Voreqe Bainimarama that “progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing towards what will be” after he spoke on progressing issues discussed at the meet.

The chair was of the view that it was imperative that the MSG, and the TEOM in particular, in order to become progressive and a strong bloc, must have a vision and cannot afford to backtrack.

He noted that much of the resources, skills and knowledge of the South Pacific rests with the five MSG countries.

The TEOM over the next two days will discuss an array of issues including the MSG Rules of Origin Handbook, MSG Skills Movement Scheme (SMS), MSGTA Review Study and new architecture, Principles for Enhancing Fiscal Management in Melanesia and the Memorandum of Understanding on Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture Development.

The Trade in Services Sub-Committee (TISSC), Customs and Quarantine (CQSC), Economics and Social Development Sub-Committee (ESDSC) and the Fisheries Technical Advisory Committee (FTAC) will also be presenting the outcomes of their meetings.
Fiji has plans for fellow Fijian rivals in HK
The Fiji 7s team is already keeping their eye out for New Zealand and England for the Hong Kong 7s this weekend.

Fiji assistant coach, Etuate Waqa says should they meet either team, they already have strategies against their fellow Fijian reps, who play vital roles within the two sides.

We know that all the plays come from Tomasi Cama and Lote Raikabula, if we shut them out there is a lot of chances of beating New Zealand because all their players revolve around them and only play well when these two keep on going. With Damu he is a towering man for England and they are banking on him all the time especially at rover and he breaks tackles from there and holds them together with his composure and experience he has with him.

Fiji leads pool C against Scotland, France and Australia. New Zealand is in Pool B with South Africa, Wales and USA while England is in Pool A with Samoa, Argentina and Kenya
NEED TO BOOST INTRA-MSG TRADE- PS SHAHEEN ALI
There is a need to boost the intra-Melanesian Spearhead Group trade as some MSG countries currently charge higher tariffs than the normal “most favoured nations (MFN) ” tariff.

Special Trade and Economic Officials Meeting chair and Fiji’s Ministry of Industry and Trade permanent secretary Mr Shaheen Ali told trade officials at the MSG meeting today that “intra-MSG trade is small compared to trade with non-MSG partners”.


“While Fiji’s trade with MSG countries has been important, most of it takes place outside the MSGTA (MSG Trade Agreement)”, he said.

He reminded participants that currently there were some instances where MSG tariffs to MSG member countries were higher than the normal MFN tariffs.

“Colleagues, this is not only inconsistent with our international obligations but runs counter to the spirit and the ethos of MSG.”

The TEOM is the core of the MSG by virtue of churning out the important decisions to progress the trade and economic well being of the region, Mr Ali said.

“The outcomes of our deliberations will form the way forward for the MSG Members, after being considered by the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), and endorsed by the Foreign Ministers (FMM) and the Leaders,” he said.

Mr Ali re-emphasised the sentiments of Fiji’s Prime Minister and MSG chair Voreqe Bainimarama that “progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing towards what will be” after he spoke on progressing issues discussed at the meet.

The chair was of the view that it was imperative that the MSG, and the TEOM in particular, in order to become progressive and a strong bloc, must have a vision and cannot afford to backtrack.

He noted that much of the resources, skills and knowledge of the South Pacific rests with the five MSG countries.

The TEOM over the next two days will discuss an array of issues including the MSG Rules of Origin Handbook, MSG Skills Movement Scheme (SMS), MSGTA Review Study and new architecture, Principles for Enhancing Fiscal Management in Melanesia and the Memorandum of Understanding on Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture Development.

The Trade in Services Sub-Committee (TISSC), Customs and Quarantine (CQSC), Economics and Social Development Sub-Committee (ESDSC) and the Fisheries Technical Advisory Committee (FTAC) will also be presenting the outcomes of their meetings.
FIJI PROUDLY REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO GLOBAL PEACEK
Ambassador David Satterfield , the Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Mission , was accorded a guard of honor on his arrival this morning at Nausori International Airport, Fiji for a three day visit to the country. MFO is an independent international organization with peacekeeping responsibilities in Sinai.

Ambassador Satterfield's visit reflects Fiji's ongoing commitment to international peacekeeping, notably in conflict zones in the Middle East and North Africa.

This week Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted Fiji's participation in peacekeeping duties since the beginning of the MFO mission in 1982, and noted the confidence of the MFO mission in Fijian Peacekeepers.

"I take this opportunity once again to welcome Ambassador Satterfield to our shores and to thank the MFO Mission in continuing to support the work of RFMF personnel in the Middle East which has enabled our men and women serving in these troubled spots to develop their professional skills and military acumen, making them an integral part and critical players in the success of the MFO Mission", Prime Minister Bainimarama said.

Members the Fiji Republic Military Forces (RFMF) serve a one year tour of duty, with approximately one-quarter of the Fijian Battalion rotating every three months. Many of our men and women have served multiple tours with the MFO as well as having served in other peacekeeping forces like UNIFIL.

Ambassador Satterfield also paid a courtesy call this morning to Prime Minister Bainimarama.
Leading 7s coaches to be tested at Marist 7s
Most of the leading 7's coaches in the country will test their knowledge against the best when the Fiji Bitter Marist 7's kicks off next Friday.

Leading the charges are Digicel Fiji 7's coaches, Alifereti Dere and Etuate Waqa who are in the helm of the leadership at the moment and they will be out to prove that they are the best to take 7's rugby forward.

The current successful 7's club in Fiji, Wardens has former national 7's rep, Timoci Wainiqolo and they have won 4 tournaments in a row before tasting defeat for the first time to Police last weekend.

Police mentor, Manasa Bari is not new to the 7's scene after recording many wins around the country as he is yet to win the Marist 7's.

Defending champion, Army Green have Jope Tuikabe guiding the side while coaches Lote Rasiga for Red Rock, Sailosi Naiteqe for Samurai Baracuda, Peniasi Damu is in charge for Hideaway Hurricanes while Joseph Naruhn is looking after the host club.

The Fiji Bitter Marist 7's will be held at the TFL Stadium next Friday and Saturday.
Ba scoops Champions League title
Ba has claimed the first tournament for 2012 after defeating Rewa 2-0 in the Pillay’s Garments Champions League this afternoon.

Stylish midfielder Avinesh Swamy who missed Friday’s match against Suva broke through from his left side, beating two Rewa defenders to give a neat cross for Isimeli Naresia to score the opening goal late in the first half of the game while Malakai Tiwa added another classic in the second half.

Meanwhile earlier in the day Suva defeated Labasa 1-0
Ambassador Cavuilati Presents Credentials to H.E D
Fiji’s Representative to Indonesia, Mr Seremaia Cavuilati presented his Letter of Credence to the President of the Republic of Singapore, His Excellency Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam at Istana, Singapore’s Government House on December 29.

Mr Cavuilati also presented, as is customary, the Letter of Recall of his predecessor, Mr Jioji Konrote who was the last High Commissioner of Fiji to Singapore based in Canberra. Mr Cavuilati also inspected a Guard of Honor prior to his presentation to President Tan.





In their brief conversation over a cup of tea, President Tan expressed his gratitude over the fact that Fiji-Singapore relations have been strong and cordial so far.

He specifically was happy that Fiji has been able to utilise and benefit from his government’s cooperation programs over the years.

The President also expressed the hope that High Commissioner Cavuilati would work closely with the officials of Government and the private sector of Singapore to further build on the goodwill that Singapore has to aid Fiji’s growth and development.

Mr Cavuilati used the opportunity to convey His Excellency President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau’s well wishes for President Tan’s continued good health and the prosperity of the people of Singapore.

The High Commissioner added that there could not be a better country for Fiji to learn and draw lessons from in her quest for modernization and in building a better Fiji than Singapore.

He undertook to continue to encourage the utilization of the Cooperation Programs that Singapore has in place for developing states and to delve more into the investment and business realms given Singapore’s developed status and wealth.

Both President Tan and High Commissioner Cavuilati agreed that direct air links between Singapore and Fiji, if possible in the near future, would no doubt boost the countries economic ties and most of all the people-to-people engagement so essential to enrich the already cordial relations that exist at the Government-to-Government level.

President Tan was also pleased to learn of the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between Singapore Health Services Pte. Ltd and the Ministry of Health of Fiji that facilitates, among others, training and attachments of Fiji’s doctors and nurses in Singapore hospitals and medical institutions.

Mr Cavuilati will now function as High Commissioner to Singapore from Jakarta concurrent to his responsibilities for Indonesia. He was accompanied by Mrs Josivini Cavuilati for the presentation
Health Ministry Commits to Education
Today’s open house visit by the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital saw the opening of new classrooms.



Reflecting government’s commitment to providing education, the new classroom is to enable a learning environment for students who are admitted to the hospital on a long term basis.

The brainchild of one of the nurses at the hospital, the two classrooms opened today by the Prime Minister included classrooms for pre-school and primary school learning for classes 1 to 8.

CWM Medical Superintendant Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said the initiative is to provide education to children who are patients and stay longer at the hospitals.

“We need to be open to new ideas and are looking at options of having computers, library and textbooks for the children. Kids are alienated when they are away from school and the ministry is supporting sick children through this education initiative,” Dr Waqainabete said.

The classroom set up was funded by Vinod Patel hardware and the Ministry of Education will be providing a teacher for the hospital to teach children who are patients with classes starting from next year.
PM launches office website
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama this morning officially launched the Prime Minister’s Office website.

Commodore Bainimarama said that the launch represented government’s commitment to be transparent and accountable in the delivery of our national goals.

“It is a basic premise that the acquisition of information equals knowledge and that knowledge equals power,” Prime Minister said.

“Through this Website, we at the Prime Minister’s Office will communicate and empower our clients, stakeholders, partners and various audiences with enabling information that is useful in their respective pursuits and endeavours.

“It is also an effective marketing tool that allows us to reach the wider community, at national, regional and international levels.”

Commodore Bainimarama said that the website will provide a relatively, cheap, quick and easy way to make information available to the public and allow people to interact with my office.

“In terms of overall marketability, I know the website is user-friendly in its design and presentation. I, therefore, urge you all to browse it and have a feel of what our Website offers,” said Prime Minister Bainimarama.

“Our Website will undergo regular updating and maintenance to ensure currency, accuracy and relevancy of content. I urge you all to surf it and tell us what you think about it. We would be happy to capture some of your views in order to make it more informative and helpful.”

The website can be accessed at www.pmoffice.gov.fj

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