Tuesday, July 06, 2010


Fiji Sun News - 6 July 2010

The country's Elections Office officials have been invited to visit Singapore and study their electoral system. 
This was revealed last night by the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, following his meeting with Singapore High Commissioner Justice MPH Rubin and Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
Ratu Inoke said Justice Rubin explained Singapore's electoral system which focuses on engendering racial harmony and social cohesion in the face of diversity.

“He then suggested that our elections officials visit Singapore to see how their electoral system works,” he explained. 
Ratu Inoke said Singapore has 84 seats in parliament and each constituency was encouraged by law to ensure that minorities are given a seat in the Group Representation Constituency.

“The meeting with Justice Rubin was fruitful,” he said.
“I thanked him for his government’s continuing assistance to Fiji in terms of capacity building.”

Ratu Inoke indicated that since 1993 more than 600 Fiji nationals have participated in the Singapore Co-operation Programme and training programmes in diverse areas that range from public administration, banking and finance to port management and information technology.

“Early this year Singapore increased the number of training fellowship or awards for Fiji allowing Civil Aviation officials to be trained in various fields of international air transport at the renowned Singapore Aviation Academy.”

Ratu Inoke said the Singapore Government has extended the Special Aviation Programme for another two years which effectively increase the allocation of fellowships to Fiji under the Singapore Civil Aviation Technical Assistance Programme.
“That is from the current 4 to 6 and from 1 to 3 the fellowships for Fiji’s participation in High Level programmes or meetings in Singapore.”

Justice Rubin is based in Wellington, New Zealand and has visited Fiji on numerous occasions. 
He will meet with other Government officials today before he leaves the country on Thursday. 
His visit is to strengthen diplomatic ties between the two countries and explore further collaborative partnership.

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