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Retailers call on leaders to stabilise situation

December 31
12:00 2008

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. Year 2008 has come and gone with many ups and downs for the business community, says Fiji Retailers Association president Himmat Lodhia.
In his new year’s message, the jeweller said things do not look promising in terms of the country’s relation with the international community.
He has called for more dialogue by the leaders to ensure a smooth sail for the New Year.
“It is important for the country’s leaders to come to the table and talk things amicably to take the nation forward. The politics of winning points can come later. The leaders need to think of the nation before their own personal and political agenda. The stubborn attitude of our leaders needs to be changed if the leaders are true to their folks and to the nation,” said Mr Lodhia.
He added people should not look back on the past, but take a step towards a new beginning and progress.
“We believe that whatever has happened is past. We have to move on given the present circumstances; otherwise we will be bogged with the past which will only drain us out,” he said.
Mr Lodhia said everyone has the responsibility to take the nation forward, as all international eyes are on us.
“There are a lot of Fiji watchers in the horizon who want to invest in Fiji and who intend to assist the country in many positive ways,” he said.
He also called for cooperation from all stakeholders in the eradication of corruption in the country.
“At the Civil servants and civil society level, we all need to chip in to create a corrupt free and hard working lot and everybody needs to work with a sense of national pride.
The leaders and all the people in Fiji need to exercise their mental energies positively. If all the peoples of our nation get together and play their part diligently and sincerely, we will certainly have a 2009 of peace, progress and prosperity for all,” Mr Lodhia concluded.

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