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A-G: Businesses Must Do More Digitally

A-G: Businesses Must Do More Digitally
Acting Prime Minister, Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while speaking during Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry Government and key stakeholders vision for business community by 2025 at Grand Pacific Hotel on 1, September 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
September 02
10:00 2018

Fijian businesses have been urged to more proactively adopt new technology and not always depend on Government to take the lead.

Speaking at Business 2025 yesterday, Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said some businesses were too slow to adopt new technology.

Business 2025 is a vision-sharing forum organised by the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

It was held at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel.

The forum facilitated interaction between the country’s leading private sector stakeholders and Government officials about the future direction of Fiji’s business community.

At the forum, a key emphasis was placed on businesses digitising processes, in line with Fiji’s technology and connectivity ambitions.

But some local businesses have been hesitant to internally implement ‘digital policies.’

“Many businesses need to look at themselves – how quicly are they adopting new technology?” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“There always seems to be a dichotomous approach to how we want to achieve things in our economy.

“(The approach is that) Government must work with businesses, or businesses must work with Government.

“(But so far) Businesses’ inability to look inwards has restricted the private sector in Fiji.”

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited Fiji chief executive officer Saud Minam said some of the bank’s business customers were hesitating to go digital.

The bank on Thursday signed a partnership with Government to facilitate all transactions made by the Ministry of Education electronically.

In Mr Minam eyes, businesses should embrace technology – instead of resist it.

“As the largest commercial bank in Fiji, we have an important role to play in promoting a positive environment for business,” Mr Minam said.

“By embracing a digital economy, we can create even more job opportunities and make Fiji an even better place to live in the world.

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