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A-G Shares Fiji Development Experience

A-G Shares Fiji Development Experience
Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum speaks during an event at the IMF and World Bank meeting in Washington. Photo: DEPTFO News
April 17
12:06 2016

Fiji has shared its experience of confronting the challenges of development across a broad front at a gathering in Washington of Small to Middle Income Countries in Africa.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, was invited to speak at a seminar organised by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on development challenges in Africa, including adaptation to climate change.

The A-G ranged across the many challenges that Fiji had dealt with effectively, ranging from its climate change policies and Green Growth Framework to the reforms that had ensured the success of the national airline, Fiji Airways.

“It was a great honour for Fiji to be invited to address this gathering of small to middle income countries in Africa, who share many of our challenges, but who are sometimes struggling to deal with them. “This seminar was a platform for these nations to be able to swap experiences and learn from the experiences of outsiders.

“Our invitation was a great vote of confidence in Fiji, which is seen as a progressive Small Island Developing State that is dealing effectively with its challenges and at the same time, making a disproportionate contribution to the global community,” the A-G said.

He said he had discussed the many ways in which Fiji had made the most of its potentials and that African nations could learn from and perhaps emulate.

“These include our civil service reforms, our partnerships with the private sector, the effective development of service industries like tourism, the proper management of a small national airline like Fiji Airways and even the changes we have made to our tax system and our fiscal year to maximise our revenue opportunities and the efficient running of our economy,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

 

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