Vanuatu donates 5m vatu to PM's flood appeal
The benevolent spirit that unites Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) members could not have been better exemplified at a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, His Excellency Sato Kilman, for the Fiji delegation on Monday, March 12, 2012.
The delegation, which was led by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama were taken by surprise when PM Kilman donated a cheque of 5 million vatu (FJ$83,640.00) to the Prime Minister as his Government’s donation towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for those affected by the recent floods.
In donating the cheque, Prime Minister Kilman expressed his Government’s sympathy towards families, and those whose lives and homes were affected by the recent floods.
He further expressed his hope that the funds would be a sigh of relief for those who were badly affected by the flood.
In response, Prime Bainimarama thanked his Vanuatu counterpart for this munificent assistance.
“As Fiji is undergoing rehabilitation programs to ensure that families and their well-being are restored, this donation is indeed a blessing in the nick of time”, Prime Minister Bainimarama said.
With this kind gesture, both Prime Ministers were optimistic that the bilateral relations between Fiji and Vanuatu will continue to grow from strength to strength in the years to come.