Wednesday, January 16, 2008

13 decline national council invite

15 JAN 2008

Only two out of three members invited to the National Council for Building a Better Fiji have accepted.

However, despite the setback, the 45-member council, tasked with plotting Fiji’s future following the 2006 coup, will still hold its first meeting tomorrow.

In a statement today, the council secretariat revealed that 30 of the 43 who have been invited to serve have accepted invitations to be members.

Fiji President Ratu Josefa Iloilo will open the meeting to take place at the Raffles Tradewinds Hotel in Lami at 9am.

The co-chairs, interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and Head of the Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Petero Mataca, will also address the opening of the meeting.

Invited guests, including representatives of the diplomatic corps, are also expected to attend the opening.

After the formal opening, the members of the NCBBF will then meet in a closed session.

The statement said, major issues for discussion at the first meeting include organising the work of the Council so that all relevant issues and viewpoints are addressed and taken into account in its work.

The National Task Forces will be set up in this first meeting of the Council.

“The Council’s first meeting will begin the important work towards developing the People’s Charter for Change and Progress.

“The Council will work closely with all communities of Fiji’s society in developing, and consulting with them, on the draft People’s Charter.”

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