IN FIJI LAST MONTH a new constitution was released paving a way for democratic elections.
Come time for the polls, it's highly likely Frank Bainimarama will be elected. He will continue the major economic and social reforms he had initiated under military rule.
Unlike Australia and New Zealand, the United States has been fully supportive of the Bainimarama regime through back door diplomatic and trade relations.
Why? Because of Fiji's success in international peace keeping under UN deployments in Iraq and other war-torn areas; including a current placement of 500 personals on the Israel - Syria border.
The US also has an increasing investment presence in tourism and other industries in Fiji.
Prior to releasing its new constitution, Fiji initiated a new regional group based on its soil.
The Pacific Island Development Forum is endorsed and supported by the Pacific Island Council of Churches and number of Pacific leaders including former Pacific Island Forum secretary Sir Noel Levi of Papua New Guinea.
The path taken by Fiji is now influencing a political shift in the way regional geopolitical issues are addressed.
It's an important path, and one that PNG seems to have lost because of our focus on foreign direct investment.
We have turned away from colonialism but have gone to bed with multinationals who have already taken away our future.
Instead they give us peanuts to fight over among ourselves while they ship everything out just as they did in Africa.
The reality is, just like in Africa, our social development indexes are triggering aid agencies to call for more global aid funding to assist us.
The fact is no developing country in the world has succeeded under aid. It took political leadership to negotiate and drive real development based on economic models that translated growth into lifting people from low to middle income.
The responsibility of government is to manage the transition not suffocate it by meddling.
Given the way our governance is managed, 20 years from now, we will admire Fiji as the Singapore of the Pacific while our country will be Nigeria.
I have no idea why PNG’s politicians can't put aside past mistakes and work together to form a political regime that will take ownership of economic productivity and stimulate social progress.
How else do they expect to improve people’s lives and provide universal access to quality health and education, social justice, security, stability and the rule of law.