Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Another Excuse for An Overseas Junket by the Incompetent Fiji Parliament Speaker Luveni - No Wonder with Only 20 Sitting Days in 2016!

Luveni to lead

Fiji Times - Nasik Swami
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
THE Fijian Parliament will send a delegation to Russia later this year.
Russian ambassador to Fiji, based in Canberra, Vladimir Morozov met Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni on Monday to discuss his country's assistance to the Fijian Parliament.
Dr Luveni said the meeting was to strength bilateral and political relations between the two countries and further confirmed a Fijian delegation would leave for Russia in July to explore development assistance on offer.
"We have had some discussions and I will be making some proposals in Russia when we are there to have our project of assistance so that there are some technical exchanges between Russia and Fiji Parliament and see how we can upgrade facilities in our Parliament and include some ideas from other Parliament," she said in an interview last night.

Dr Luveni said there was a lot of monetary assistance at stake for the Fijian Parliament with Russia stepping in and also plans for establishing a Russia/Fiji parliamentary group. She said she was looking forward to meeting her Russian counterpart, Valentina Matviyenko, because it would be an opportunity for them to discuss issues of common interest.
Mr Morozov said there were a lot of similarities between Fiji and Russia and it was important to develop and strengthen parliamentary relations by introducing a friendship program for the parliamentarians.
Dr Luveni said Fiji became popular spot for overseas assistance among other countries in the world when Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama became the chairman of the Group of 77 and China.
"It's the same thing; we are strengthening parliamentary ties with all the countries that are keen to have a parliamentary partnership group with Fiji. We open the door to all of them."
She said Westminster, Wales, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, China, Indonesia and India wanted to forge partnerships with Fijian Parliament after the September 2014 polls.

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