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New UN Resident Coordinator excited about Fijiís national election
5:20 pm GMT+12, 04/10/2018, Fiji

 The election is another step-in establishing Fiji firmly as a democracy, says United Nations resident coordinator Sanaka Samarasinha.
 
Samarasinha said he was excited that Fiji was going to have an election this year.
 
“I am looking forward to the engagement of the whole society in a constructive way because this is an opportunity to have a dialogue on issues,” he said.
 
Samarasinha has urged whichever party that comes into power to reflect on those issues during their time leading up to the elections.
 
“It is also important when people come and go that the system continues.
 
“I am also looking forward to the day after elections, a day that the engine is still ticking and we keep moving forward.”
 
Fiji is set to go to the polls on November 14, 2018.
 
Meanwhile, some significant changes will be taking place on January 1, 2019, with the United Nations office for the Pacific based in Fiji.
 
New UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP resident representative Sanaka Samarasinha noted that come the new year, there will be a new UNDP resident representative, which means he will only continue in his role as the UN Resident Coordinator.
 
He said this change would be more cost effective where they would be able to deliver the services at a lower price and refocus on the programmes that they have.
 
Samarasinha who has been working for the UN for almost 20 years in many different countries says the system will see greater accountability from the UN to the government.
 
He said with the approach of having one team leader who will be accountable to the government was better for the people they were going to serve.
 
Samarasinha has come to Fiji many times prior to his appointment.

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS


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