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Refocus on Wellness for a Productive Nation: His Excellency Konrote

September 13, 2018

The President, His Excellency Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote, today renewed his call to all Fijians to live a healthy lifestyle to be more productive.

"As Fiji's Lead Advocate and Champion in the national campaign to reduce Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), I urge all Fijians and especially the leaders in society to lead by example and live a healthy lifestyke. NCDscontinue to account for about 80 percent of deaths for Fijians below the age of 70 years. This is our Nation's most productive population," His Excellency Konrote said.

The President said that Fijians must be fit and healthy for the Nation to be more productive. "Productivity in the workplace depends to a great extent on how healthy the workers are," he said.

His Excellency's renewed call for a healthy and productive Nation followed the signing today of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Fijian Government and the Government of the People's Republic of China, to build a health and wellness centre at the State House compound in Suva.

The Official Secretary to the President, Mr. Pene Baleinabuli, and the Director-General Guangzou Foreign Affairs Office, Mr. Liu Baochun signed the MOU. Mr. Liu is part of a 19-member Delegation from Guangdong Province in China, which is visiting Fiji to help strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. The delegation is led by Mr. Li Xi, the Member of the Political Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party Committee.

The MOU for the health and wellness centre is among a few others that the delegation is signing during its visit. This includes an MOU on the construction of a sports stadium at Valelevu, and the handing over of the newly redeveloped Suva Civic Centre building to the Suva City Council.