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Editorial: Hitting The Right Notes In Innovation About Future Opportunities

September 06
11:06 2018

We need more business forums that gives an outlook to our future.

Especially when the economy is growing unprecedentedly in the past years.

One such an example is the Business Forum 2025, organised by the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI), sponsored by ANZ.

The Business 2025 Forum at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva last Saturday was an opportunity to hear from the Government and key stakeholders their vision for the Fijian business community by 2025.

FCCI president Nur Bano Ali has said they are constantly working to better the regulatory framework for commerce and they always work pro- actively with Government to provide input for better alignment to ease business processes.

Business people shared their plans for the next five to seven years to prepare for and position themselves for growth opportunities for Fiji.

For example; the Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, talked about infrastructure such as hotels, roads, digitalization, ports, agriculture etc.

The panel discussion was fruitful as many of the stakeholders present raised their questions via the text mode.

There was a question raised about the beautification of the Suva as the capital.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted that Government had set up additional funding two budgets ago about the setup of suburban market stalls.

But he said essentially it would be done with proper planning.

It was highlighted that people had to be more innovative and be more tech savvy.

Young entrepreneurs were encouraged to attend as well.

If there was a big lesson from the forum it was about proper planning, innovating and seizing the opportunities when they arise.

As the economy and the population grow so does the need of the people.

More tourists will come to Fiji which means we need more hotel rooms and better infrastructure.

We need to be constantly developing our capacity to meet the increasing demands.

We cannot afford to sit on our laurels and be content with what we have achieved so far.

The forum organisers must be praised for a successful event. The forum has alerted everyone who attended about the future challenges.

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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