Re­turn with wealth of knowl­edge: Pres­i­dent

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Mem­bers of the Fi­jian del­e­ga­tion to the 2016 Pa­cific Fes­ti­val of Arts in Guam were yes­ter­day re­minded to gather as much knowl­edge as they could dur­ing the two-week fes­ti­val event. The 97-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion pre­sented their iTatau to the Pres­i­dent Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote at Gov­ern­ment House in Suva. While ad­dress­ing the del­e­ga­tion, Mr Kon­rote re­minded the par­tic­i­pants that they should be aware that they would be car­ry­ing our na­tion’s name at a re­gional stage.

“As rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the coun­try, you are au­to­mat­i­cally am­bas­sadors of our beloved Fiji and I there­fore en­cour­age you to not only en­joy the fes­ti­val, but to do so re­spon­si­bly and to re­turn with a wealth of knowl­edge that you can share with our peo­ple here at home,” Mr Kon­rote said. The del­e­ga­tion is made up of dif­fer­ent groups and in­di­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties, who will be show­cas­ing our cul­ture at the fes­ti­val. “I have been in­formed that most of the mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties are rep­re­sented in this year’s con­tem­po­rary group­ing, but I nev­er­the­less would like to see greater rep­re­sen­ta­tion and in­clu­sive­ness in fu­ture del­e­ga­tions,” he said.

“This, in my view, will be reflective of our coun­try’s new di­rec­tion as ar­tic­u­lated in our new con­sti­tu­tion that recog­nises all of us as Fi­jians.

“Whilst the ini­tial in­ten­tions of the fes­ti­val may have been to fo­cus on the tra­di­tional and in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, Fiji is now a mod­ern and pro­gres­sive coun­try which there­fore de­mands that we project an in­clu­sive and rep­re­sen­ta­tive front,” Mr Kon­rote said. The fes­ti­val will run from May 22 un­til June 6.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Pres­i­dent Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Kon­rote(mid­dle) with Rako Pase­fika dance group yes­ter­day.

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