PM Seeks Thai Support for SIDS
Bainimarama discusses issue with Thai deputy Prime Minister General Patimapragorn.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has sought the support of the Thai government in building climate resilience for vulnerable small island developing states. The request was conveyed by the Prime Minister during talks in Bangkok, Thailand with the deputy Prime Minister, General Thanasak Patimapragorn. Prime Minister Bainimarama thanked the deputy Prime Minister for Thailand’s support to Fiji in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston and reviewed Fiji’s efforts to rebuild and recover from the cyclone. “We’ve made progress in Fiji meeting the immediate needs of Fijians affected by Cyclone Winston and we are now turning our focus to the larger task of rebuilding our nation. The damage is widespread and severe and there are still many ways our international friends, including Thailand, can help Fiji get back on its feet,” Mr Bainimarama said. He emphasised the need for a mechanism that would allow countries like Fiji to access climate finance in order to build back better and stronger than before.
“As it stands, climate change poses an unacceptable level of risk to the well-being of citizens of Fiji and other vulnerable countries. I hope that the Thai government can promote this message and facilitate access to climate finance so we can further build our resilience to climate change,” he said. The Prime Minister is currently in Thailand to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and handover his chairmanship of the 71st Commission. The meeting is covering regional co-operation and integration and reviewing key challenges to achieving inclusive and sustainable economic and social development.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (right) with Thai deputy Prime Minister, General Thanasak Patimapragorn.