Published 3rd July, 2014
The FijiFirst Party was launched on 31st March 2014 and became a registered party on 30th May 2014. The party is led by former coup d’état leader and current Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.
Commodore Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama led the coup d’état of December 2006 and has been Prime Minister since 2007. He was also briefly Prime Minister between May and July 2000 after the 2000 coup.
FijiFirst has a list of 16 core values entitled ‘What we stand for’ as follows:
1. To uphold and implement the Fijian Constitution;
2. To sponsor programmes for the dissemination and adoption by Fijians of the Core Values and Attributes of FijiFirst;
3. To serve the best interests of Fijians and to put Fiji first;
4. To uphold the rights, freedom and dignity of human beings;
5. To preserve, protect and defend the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Fiji;
6. To promote and foster common and equal citizenry;
7. To safeguard the freedom, and advance the well-being, of Fijians through representative and democratic government;
8. To forge a nation of Fijians: to build a fair, just, and tolerant society; and to bind them together by patriotism, honour and commitment to Fiji;
9. To build a dynamic society which is disciplined and self-reliant, and in which rewards are in accord with each Fijian’s performance and contribution to society, and which has compassion for the less fortunate;
10. To foster, support and promote the values of healthy competition, self-sufficiency and free enterprise;
11. To achieve the optimum in economic development, and social and cultural fulfilment and safeguard our environment to have the natural world protected for the benefit of present and future generations;
12. To encourage the participation of Fijian workers as partners together with business and government in fostering economic growth and development of Fiji;
13. To foster an environment for healthy economic growth in which workers have good prospects for employment, earning sustainable wages, and lifting living standards;
14. To honour men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the service of their nation;
15. To contest seats in the Parliament of Fiji in the name of “FijiFirst” with a view to forming government and appointing the Prime Minister; and
16. Without undermining the over-riding interests of the good of society and without undermining the preceding objectives, to provide equal opportunities for all Fijians to strive to fulfil themselves and to achieve their maximum potential through education and training so that there will be a place and role for every Fijian whatever his or her contribution.