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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fijian judge shares his experience in the Solomons

By Mary Rauto

Sekove Naqiolevu says Fiji could learn a lot from the Solomon Islands experience. The former Suva magistrate is one of two judges in Honiara.

"We live in a global village and need each other," he said.

"The Solomon Islands is a success in regional co-operation. We celebrated five years, two weeks ago and all the speeches made emphasised the regional component of the mission."

Mr Naqiolevu went to work for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) five years ago.

After two years, he was appointed a judge and said his term in the Solomon Islands judiciary would end in March and the experience has been fulfilling.

"It's been quite interesting in terms of development and for people who have being serving there.

"Generally, life has changed a lot in the past five years. Economically, things are improving and moving ahead. There has been a dramatic change.

"I certainly enjoyed it there and should return sometime in April."

Mr Naqiolevu said on his return to Fiji, he would spend time relaxing.

"I'll take a break, take it easy for awhile. I have not really contemplated it but I might even write a book."

Mr Naqiolevu was in Fiji two weeks ago for his son's graduation from the University of the South Pacific.

Source: Fiji Times

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