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FBOA Returns Senior Executives To Office Unopposed

FBOA Returns Senior Executives To Office Unopposed
Participants at the FBOA convention at the Novotel Hotel Lami on May 12,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
May 13
10:16 2018

Rohit Latchan has returned and has earned his 10th consecutive term as general secretary unopposed for the Fiji Bus Operators Association.

Most of the senior executives were unopposed to the leadership of the association following the annual general meeting at Novotel Suva Lami Bay Convention Centre yesterday.

The first deputy secretary, Edwin Chand, treasurer Dhirendra Singh and the two assistant treasurers all retained their postions unopposed.

Also returning to office were most of the eight incumbents of the members of the executive committee.

Zahid Wahab was elected unopposed as the deputy secretary, while Rajnesh Ravindra made a return to the executive committee this year.

Richard Lal continues into his second year of his two-year stint as president.

According to the FBOA’s Constitution the President is elevated from the senior vice president position every two years, when a vote is conducted for a junior vice president.

The election followed a day-long Convention that included stakeholders from the Reserve Bank of Fiji, the Fiji Roads Authority, the Accident and Compensation Commission and the Land Transport Authority.

Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was the chief guest.

The theme for this year’s convention, “what the bus industry means to Fiji and how to maintain sustainability”, is aimed at stimulating discussion about the industry’s importance across all economic sectorss in Fiji and the steps stakeholders can take to ensure the industry continues to develop and remain viable.

Fiji’s transport sector is huge and diverse contributing to approximately nine per cent of Fiji’s gross domestic product.

Buses cater for the transportation needs through public transport services to more than 70 per cent of Fiji’s population.

Members of association have been encouraged to work closely with government.

Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Joshua Wycliffe said they maintain 10 main bus stations in Fiji.

“When we talk about sustainability, we talk about two things and that is economic resilience and climate resilience.,” he said.

“If these two things are taken care of in any economy or industry, if it is successful it will sustain itself.

“Without money there is nothing, money seems to run the world today. Money sustains things as well

“You always intertwine commerce into the industry and of course all your buses run for commerce and run for profits. I mean all businesses here.

“The Government especially my ministry plays a very strong role in ensuring economic and of course climate resilience.

“Any association that wants to work with us in the future will be supported.

“Communications is the most important key aspect of making the industry sustainable.”

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore said they would look into damaged bridges and roads the particpants highlighted that were of main concern to them.



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