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From Major General Jioji Konrote (27 September 2014)

Jioje Konrote

Following Fiji's recent General Elections on the 17th September 2014, I was voted into Parliament as a member of the Honourable Prime Minister's Rear Admiral JV Bainimarama (Ret'd) FIJIFIRST Political party.

This week I was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister and appointed Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations. During the solemn Swearing In ceremony which was conducted at Government House and presided over by His Excellency The President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, I had sworn an Oath of Allegiance and Affirmation that I will faithfully serve and discharge my duties to the best of my ability so HELP ME GOD!

In this regard I would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank everyone who had voted for me. I am most humble and grateful. To the Chiefs and all the kainaga in Rotuma, all parts of Fiji and the wider Rotuman global diaspora I would like to say; Fai‘aksea ‘e Hanisi ma Noa‘ia ‘e Garue lelei.

I am very grateful and appreciative of the support and consider this latest turn of events and chapter in my life as another calling from Almighty God to continue to serve Fiji {and our little home island of Rotuma) as a former Soldier/Military Commander, a United Nations Assistant Secretary General/Field Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), a senior Civil Servant (Permanent Secretary-Ministry for Home Affairs), a Diplomat - Fiji's High Commissioner to the Commonwealth of Australia and Ambassador Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Singapore and very briefly as a Minister of State in the former Government.

I thank the Good Lord for blessing me with another opportunity to serve Fiji once more as I will now be in a better position to ensure that all development projects which the Bainimarama Interim Government had initiated, on-going and planned for Rotuma over the last seven and a half years are completed to help improve the lot of our kainaga who reside on the island...... and all Rotumans and friends who may wish to return for a holiday or retire to our island paradise.

The final completion of some of the planned projects will be quite challenging, however, with your prayers and support, we will overcome.

Once again Thank you and may I wish every member of our Rotuman kainaga and friends wherever you are within our global community Well and every Success.

Hanis ti‘ pau‘af se aus atakoa.
God Bless!

Jioje Konrote

From the Fiji Sun (27 September 2014)

D–Days Ahead

By Maika Bolatiki

A disciplined work ethic will be the weapon used by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jioje Konrote, to increase productivity in his ministry.

Mr Konrote said with discipline, workers would be motivated to focus on their primary goals.

The former Commanding Officer of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNlFIL) was happy with the way staff had conducted themselves during his last briefing and their responses to his initial queries.

"I have no doubt we have a disciplined group of workers who are focused and committed to ensuring that Government and ministry objectives are achieved," Mr Konrote said.

He was aware that the Government had not received unanimous support during the elections but it was imperative that the current reforms carried on.

"I think the reforms put in place will be able to alleviate the problems and I hope in my ministry, we will be able to work together as a team and do things as perceived. Hopefully
that can be overcome and we as leaders would perform and hopefully get the others to remain focused on what is targeted in the ministry."

He said they had replaced the Ministry of Labour with the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, so the emphasis was on productivity.

When asked whether his military background would help, he said: "My militarybackground will certainly help me ensure discipline," the newly-appointed Minister for Employment said.

He had to remind himself that he was not leading the army but civiiians in the ministry who were willing to work and produce results for the betterment of the nation.

From the Fiji Sun (24 September 2014)

Konrote For All Fijians

by Maika Bolatiki

FijiFirst parliamentarian Jioje Konrote is ready to help the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama move the nation forward.

In an interview at his residence at 60 Pathik Crescent, Namadi, Suva the former politician and soldier said he joined the FijiFirst party because of the developments it had carried out in the last eight years.

He said he was the link for the Government in all development projects carried out on the island of Rotuma.

"People on the island of Rotuma are now enjoying all the developments carried out by the Bainimarama-led Government, something the island lacked in past years," he said.

The former Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said he had a lot of support from the Rotuma community and other Fijians. In 2006, he had won the Rotuman communal seat as an independent. He is also a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at the prestigious Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

However, he had reminded suporters on Rotuma Island that he was going into parliament to fight for all Fijians.

He said he had never wanted to be a politician but because of his involvement with the people on Rotuma, he changed his mind. "For the developments to be carried out, I have to be with the decision makers and that's parliament."

Mr Konrote thanked his supporters in Rotuma and throughout the country for voting him into parliament.

From Facebook Group Rotuma Hapmak Sports Club (14 September 2014)

Rosie Lagi is the only woman and one of three Rotumans standing for the election in Fiji.

Download Rosie's statement and qualifications


From Fiji Times Online (11 September 2014)

Vernacular boost

by Litia Vulaidausiga

THE launch of Rotuman-language content through Digicel's network at Namaka, Nadi, yesterday marked the beginning of an increase in vernacular content.

Overseen by Hoi Rua Ne Rotuma, a percentage of the proceeds will be directed to education at various primary schools on the island, and Rotuma High School, its sole secondary institution.

"I thank Digicel Fiji and Mobi Media for their support towards education on Rotuma and their social responsibility towards our people on Rotuma Island through their content platform," said Abel Camillo, the company director of Hoi Rua Ne Rotuma.

The first content to have gone live include songs by Harry Tivaknoa and Larry Klote.

"More Rotuman content is to follow and after Fiji, a roll-out to the Pacific region. Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga are also in the pipeline in the future."

He said contents to be made available included ringtones, wallpapers, promotions, Rotuman prayers and news and pictures of Rotuma.

"Rotuma needs the support of the outside world financially and spiritually.

"We look forward to Fiji as a nation to support and text and subscribe to receive Rotuman content."

© Fiji Times Ltd.

Announcement (3 September 2014)

Maraf Solomone, Gagaj 'Es Itu'u of Noa'tau District, died at CWM Hospital in Suva on 30 July 2014. His body was returned to Rotuma for burial on 6 August.

From Anmaria Uafta Gukisuva in Suva (1 September, 2014)

Major General Jioji Konousi Konrote (Ret'd) to Contest the General Elections

Jioje Konrote

Major General Jioji Konousi Konrote, who was elected into Parliament in 2006 to represent our Rotuman community and served in the previous Government as the Minister of State for Immigration and Ex-Servicemen within the Ministry for Home Affairs, has been endorsed by the Rear Admiral J.V.Bainimarama (Ret'd) led FijiFirst Political Party as one of its 50 Parliamentary Candidates who are to contest the forthcoming National General Elections which is scheduled for the 17th September 2014. Major General Konrote's candidate number is 315.

Download Konrote's statement of his strategic vision and curriculum vitae.