PM Seeks Thai Sup­port for SIDS

Bain­i­marama dis­cusses is­sue with Thai deputy Prime Min­is­ter Gen­eral Pa­timapragorn.

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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.

Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama (right) with Thai deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Gen­eral Thanasak Pa­timapragorn.

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