MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: MINISTER BALA’S REMARKS AT THE FIJI NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE PROGRAM

Source: Republic Of Fiji

1/18/2019

 Honourable Prime Ministers,

Mrs Morrison,

Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Bula Vinaka and Good Morning to you all.
It is a privilege and honour for me this morning to welcome the Honourable Prime Minister of Australia and his lovely wife

This visit by the Honourable Prime Minister carries significant importance for our country in the field of sports and other areas of mutual interest. Our relationship with Australia has been strong and of a long standing when it comes to sports. This has ranged across several sports including some notable matches and exchanges between our two sporting loving countries in rugby union, soccer and cricket over the years.
Honourable Prime Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is no surprise that so many of our players dream towards professional sports in Australia in playing rugby league and rugby union.

This naturally progress to many Fijians proudly wearing the gold and green of their adopted home land. The gentle giant Petero Civoniceva who is also present here this morning is an example of Fiji’s product that represented Australia and may I add, strengthened the Australian rugby league team.

I am reliably informed that the Honourable Prime Minister is a sport minded individual. And takes particular interest in rugby league and I hope this visit may lead to some more Fijians teaming up with “Sharks” in the coming years.

Ladies and gentlemen at the end this event we will have much pleasure in presenting the Honourable Prime Minister with a Fiji Bati jersey. This presentation of Fiji Bati jersy after their win at the last league world cup signifies our commitment and broadening of our sporting relationship with Australia.

On behalf of the Fiji government and its people please allow me to express our gratitude to the Honourable Prime Minister for the kind gesture in launching the program which means a lot to our Fiji Rugby League team and the country.

As part of our continuing assistance program, Australia will also assist the Fiji Netball Team preparation to the Netball World Cup in UK in 2020, and for this we’re truly thankful.

As expressed earlier Honourable Prime Minister we look forward to working closely with your government and sporting institutions of mutual interest in the wider interest of bilateral aid and development.

Ladies and gentlemen on behalf of the government of Fiji and its people I wish the Honourable Prime Minister the best during the rest of this timely visit.

Vinaka vakalevu.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific