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Government Policies, Initiatives Generate Positive Results

Government Policies, Initiatives Generate Positive Results
August 10
11:00 2017

Key findings in the 2015-2016 Employment and Unemployment Survey reveal interesting insight in how various policies introduced by the Bainimarama Government and later by the FijiFirst Government are working, very well.

Most importantly in 2010-2011 survey, 31.9 per cent of students discontinued their education because they could not afford it.

The recent survey reveals a drastic decrease in this. Only 4.8 per cent have stated ‘cannot afford’ as the reason why they discontinued education.

This is a clear sign that Government’s free education scheme and related schemes such as free bus fares, Weetbix and milk initiative for Year 1 students is a resounding success.

More of our students are staying in schools. This will mean an educated country. No amount of harping in Parliament can denounce this massive feat which Government initiatives have achieved.

The youth unemployment rate is said to be 18.1 per cent. However, the Bureau of Statistics needs to fine tune its way of gathering unemployment data.

More youths are now in tertiary institutions as full time students. Counting them to be unemployed is not doing any justice to real unemployment data which is what they have appeared to have done here. Did they ask whether those questioned were tertiary students?

But, there are a number of new policies such as Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) which will see more young entrepreneurs turning their lives around. $2million has been allocated to assist young entrepreneurs get into businesses.

Furthermore, 13 technical colleges were opened last year. Through this, more people are expected to join the workforce.

Another very interesting data shows the level of confidence new investors have in Fiji.

There has been 37.5 per cent increase in employers in Fiji. This means new businesses have opened up, new ventures have started where people who previously did not employ others are now doing so.

Businesses have expanded and this is a very welcoming sign. No person would invest in a country if they did not have confidence in their policies. We now have 5645 employers in Fiji.

The number of unemployed people decreased from 27,123 to 19,149.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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