Vote of Thanks by Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr Winston Thompson Australian Prime Minister Honourable Scott Morrison MP -  Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Vote of Thanks by Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr Winston Thompson Australian Prime Minister Honourable Scott Morrison MP

On behalf of The University of the South Pacific, I thank you Honourable Prime Minister for honouring our University by making time for us during your whirlwind bilateral visit to Fiji. Echoing your words of last nights State Dinner, this is a “Wananavu” occasion for USP!

Your speech has been welcomed by all of us present here as well as those who have tuned in from across the region through live stream. We greatly value your thoughts, advice and wisdom.

The University community expresses its heartfelt appreciation to you, your Government and to the people of Australia for the substantial and steadfast support provided to the University over the last 50 years, support which has immeasurably raised the University’s quality and international standing as a research and teaching institution. We very much look forward to the continuation of this valuable support in the future.

This visit indeed is historic not only for the University but also for all our 12 Pacific Islands Member Countries. We are honoured and thankful for this opportunity to hear you, Hon. Prime Minister, and we are beyond pleased to note that your Government is committed to continuing its support to the region. Your visit reaffirms our confidence in what we do and what we are working to achieve as the region’s leading University. Thank you Sir.

Let me also thank Hon. Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific and other members of your delegation for their presence.

A special thanks to the Fijian Government for providing us with this opportunity to host you and also for working with us to ensure that we were well prepared for your visit. Our gratitude to Hon. Rosy Akbar, thank you Madam Minister for your presence here, representing the host Government.

I thank the Permanent Secretary for the Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs and his team for their leadership and guidance throughout the preparatory stages and for their coordination.

I wish to thank H.E. John Feakes, the Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, and his staff for the advice, and support to us in preparation for this visit.

A special acknowledgement to Reverend Mosese Cakau for blessing this event.

I wish to extend our appreciation to everyone present here, respected dignitaries, senior officials of the Fijian Government, members of the USP Senate and Council, industry leaders, the University staff, students and alumni; and our friends from the media and those on live stream from around the region. Thank you all for joining us this morning.

It has certainly been a great honour and privilege to host you, Honourable Prime Minister and we look forward to welcoming you again.

We wish you a successful completion to your Fiji programme and a safe return home.

Thank You and Vinaka Vakalevu

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