I have long said that Fiji won’t take an active part in the Pacific Islands Forum.
After the way the Forum, at the behest of Australia and New Zealand, treated Fiji it isn’t surprising.
Murray McCully and John Key though think otherwise.
Well a speech yesterday at the Novotel at Lami by Fiji PM Frank Bainimarama should disabuse them of that notion.
Firstly he makes a comment about bureaucracies.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: we are not in the business of creating fat cat bureaucracies that waste our precious tax dollars. That is not the Pacific way. Our mantra must always be to do more for less, to create an organisation that is lean and efficient and that because of its integrity, enjoys the confidence and support of our development partners.
I know I don’t have to lecture you on this point. Because so many of you have always operated with scarce resources and know that this is no impediment to being effective. My own mantra in Fiji is that Government exists to deliver and to serve. And I urge you all to embrace the same values in the PIDF.