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Commission Chief Supports Budget

Commission Chief Supports Budget
Peter Mazey
June 30
11:18 2018

Fiji National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey has welcomed the National Budget for 2018-2019 as announced by the Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Suva on Thursday night.

Speaking to SUNsports, Mazey said he was pleased with the increase of funds although it was unexpected.

Mazey indicated that he still needs time to look at the figures before he could comment further.

“It’s looking good and we’re happy with what we have got for sports the indication is very good. The indication is a bit more than last year which is what we weren’t expecting.”

The Ministry of Youth and Sports had been allocated a budget of $24.1 million for 2018-2019. From that amount, $20.4m is for operating expenditure, $3.4m is for capital expenditure. The difference of $0.3m accounts for VAT.

Sayed-Khaiyum said this was an increase of $1.4m.

The increase is mainly attributed to;

More international sporting tournaments being hosted in Fiji

A marginal increase in operating expenditures to fund various Fijian sporting organisations.

Mazey said with the upcoming tournaments that are scheduled to take place in the country and the funds will allow greater accessibility.

“This year we had the Commonwealth Games and other international events like the Youth Olympics. It is never sufficient, we would like to get a lot more, but it is what people asked for.”

He said in the case of overseas coaches it will be continuing this year. Mazey confirmed that several sporting federations are going to apply for it.

“Cricket Fiji and Fiji National Rugby League have applied for overseas coaches. We still have not got anything from cricket, FNRL has got to advertise and the whole process has to be done and be approved by the international sporting body,” he added.

 

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Minister of Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou is content with the allocated budget of $24.1m for the year 2018-2019.

He said they had requested for more but is happy with the $1.4m increase which would be mainly attributed to youth development in the country.

“We are content with the amount allocated to us,” he said.

“The majority of the Fijian population are over the age of 20-years-old and this is based on the census. Although we requested more, we were given this amount and that is enough for us.

“We are more focused on youth development and for the last few years we concentrated more on rural youth development and we will work towards the urban areas as well.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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