27 Dec 2018

Fijians urged to focus on nation-building

2:13 pm on 27 December 2018

Fiji's president has used a national address to call for an end to politicking, and for people to focus on building the country's economy.

Jioji Konrote called on people to respect other religions and denounce the ills of society including violence against women, children and the vulnerable.

President Konrote said Fijians must help their country grow into a progressive and successful democracy.

"That we take stock of what we have achieved together as a nation. We have worked exceptionally hard to continue our economic growth for an unprecedented ninth consecutive year. We have started to implement our National Development Plan that will ensure we are able to realize our full potential," he said.

Mr Konrote speaking to the Fiji Broadcasting Commission on Wednesday.

He said 2018 was an eventful year for Fiji as they welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Prime Minister successfully concluding his COP23 presidency.

Fiji is the first Pacific Island nation to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Fiji's president, Jioji Konrote.

Fiji's president, Jioji Konrote. Photo: FBC