The Honourable Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officially launched the new $7 note and 50c coin, commemorating Fiji Rugby 7s gold medal win at the Rio Olympics on 20th April, at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Bainimarama said that the commemoration is an acknowledgement; not only of the tremendous feat, but also for the meaning it held for every Fijian man, woman and child.
“Because you showed us all that while we may be small, we are strong. And when we work together, we are unbeatable. The win meant the world to every single Fijian”.
He said that the victory came at a time when we desperately needed a source of inspiration, as the country was still reeling from the disastrous effects of Cyclone Winston. The gold medal win at the Olympics was an achievement that showed the world that, regardless of our small size, we can compete with the best of the best in sport”.
“It has been five years since the Reserve Bank of Fiji revamped our currency and adorned our banknotes and coins with Fijian artefacts and flora and fauna that all showcase what Fiji has to offer and remind the Fijian people and our visitors of the natural splendour and our traditions and economic way of life. So it is safe to say, the images that we choose to place on our coinage carry enormous importance, because it says so much about who we are as a nation. Our national narrative is woven into the depictions and symbolism on our currency, and, together, those images proudly display our story to the world – the story of Fiji”. said Mr Bainimarama.