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