Stand­ing Com­mit­tee Mem­bers En­gage with Liaon­ing Province Coun­ter­parts

“The very fact that you have trav­elled here to meet with us to­day re-em­pha­sises the grow­ing bond be­tween our two Par­lia­ments,” said chair­per­son of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on So­cial Wel­fare and As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Agriculture Viam Pil­lay.

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Mem­bers of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on So­cial Af­fairs en­gaged with their coun­ter­parts from the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Liaon­ing Pro­vin­cial Peo­ple’s Con­gress in China on Thurs­day.

This was part of on­go­ing ef­forts to fur­ther en­hance friendly bi­lat­eral Par­lia­men­tary ex­changes be­tween the two coun­tries.

The visit fol­lowed a study tour from the Fi­jian Par­lia­ment’s Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on So­cial Af­fairs to China in Au­gust, last year where the Mem­bers trav­elled to Liaon­ing Province to ob­serve their best prac­tices in terms of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of their Her­itage Law and the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties Law.

The study tour was mainly fo­cused on as­sist­ing the com­mit­tee with com­pil­ing a de­tailed re­port about Fiji’s Her­itage Bill No. 10 of 2016 and the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties Bill No. 12 of 2016 which the Mem­bers would present to Par­lia­ment dur­ing the next sit­ting in Fe­bru­ary, 2018.

In wel­com­ing the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion on be­half of the Speaker DrJiko Lu­veni, the Deputy Speaker Ru­veni Nadalo ac­knowl­edged the healthy re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two com­mit­tees. Chair­per­son of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on So­cial Af­fairs and As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Agriculture Viam Pil­lay also wel­comed the del­e­ga­tion and ac­knowl­edged the friendly part­ner­ship shared by the two Stand­ing Com­mit­tees.

“We look for­ward to this part­ner­ship de­vel­op­ing in the fu­ture,” Mr Pil­lay said.

“The very fact that you have trav­elled here to meet with us to­day re-em­pha­sises the grow­ing bond be­tween our two Par­lia­ments be­gin­ning from last year when we trav­elled to China to your province to study and ob­serve how China im­ple­ments its laws on the two main ar­eas con­cern­ing Her­itage and the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties. “We con­vey our sin­cere grat­i­tude to the Liaon­ing Province Peo­ple’s Con­gress for the sup­port ren­dered to the Com­mit­tee last year.” Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Liaon­ing Pro­vin­cial Peo­ple’s Con­gress Vice chair­per­son Zhou Zhongx­uan thanked the Fi­jian Par­lia­ment for its con­tin­ued co­op­er­a­tion, adding they were al­ways ready to as­sist Fiji in which­ever way they could. MrZhou said they were will­ing to ac­com­mo­date the com­mit­tee in fu­ture ex­change pro­grammes. Source: Par­lia­ment of Fiji

Photo: Par­lia­ment of Fiji

Vice Chair­man of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Liaon­ing Pro­vin­cial Peo­ple’s Con­gress in China, Zhou Zhongx­uan (mid­dle) de­liv­er­ing his re­marks dur­ing the meet­ing on Novem­ber 9, 2017.

Photo: Par­lia­ment of Fiji

Mem­bers of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on So­cial Af­fairs (from left) Ru­veni Nadalo and Anare Vadei with the Liaon­ing Pro­vin­cial Peo­ple’s Con­gress Vice Chair­man, Zhou Zhongx­uan in Par­lia­ment on Novem­ber 9, 2017.

Photo: Par­lia­ment of Fiji

Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on So­cial Af­fairs mem­bers (from left) Salote Radro­dro, Veena Bhat­na­gar and com­mit­tee chair­per­son Viam Pil­lay on Novem­ber 9, 2017.

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