|Fiji’s interim Defence Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau and military chief-of-staff Colonel Mohammed Aziz will resume the post of acting interim Prime Minister and acting army commander respectively from today.
They will fill in for interim Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama who leads a Fiji delegation today to attend the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Aziz and Ganilau stood in for Bainimarama when he attended the coronation of the Tongan monarch last week. Meanwhile, Bainimarama is scheduled to return from China next Friday, August 15.
He will be accompanied on the trip by interim Minister for Education, Youth & Sports Filipe Bole and his Permanent Secretary Subhas Chandra. A Government statement said Bainimarama is looking forward to attending the 27th Olympics in Beijing and visit industries and projects of interest to Fiji.
“There is scope for growing our bilateral relations through trade, investment, education, sports and cultural exchange and seizing these opportunities will ultimately improve the standard of living for our people,” the statement said. China is planning one of the most spectacular opening ceremonies with the theme “One Nation One Dream”. Leaders from various countries have been invited to attend ceremony.