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No coalition for NFP

ROSI DOVIVERATA SUVA The National Federation Party (NFP) has denied rumours it will be in a post-election coalition with the FijiFirst party. The NFP had earlier made it clear it
23 Jun 2014 08:12

National Federation Party president Tupou Draunidalo (left) with NFP leader Dr Biman Prasad.

ROSI DOVIVERATA
SUVA

The National Federation Party (NFP) has denied rumours it will be in a post-election coalition with the FijiFirst party.
The NFP had earlier made it clear it will fight the election on its own and not in coalition with any party.
Party president Tupou Draunidalo while responding to a question from the floor about FijiFirst during an NFP meeting in Auckland, New Zealand. She stressed the NFP position.
“But both Dr Prasad and I were quite clear and adamant that there is no such arrangement. Unlike our opponents, politics for us is not a game where ‘there are no permanent friends or enemies’ – we actually have principles, which our 50 year history can attest to,” she said.
The NFP had formed a pre-election coalition with Sitiveni Rabuka’s Soqosoqo Vakavulewa ni Taukei Party (SVT) before the 1999 poll. Meanwhile, Dr Prasad in his address said Fiji would need sustained progress in making its democratic institutions resilient and work for all Fiji Islanders – its indigenous people, and all groups of people for whom it is home.
“These democratic institutions must also work for our investors, our visitors and our families living in New Zealand and beyond.”
If elected to power, Dr Prasad said he would work fearlessly to help transform Fiji’s relationship with New Zealand and lift it to great heights.
“Our relationship with New Zealand must work far more forcefully for Fiji’s development,” he said.
Dr Prasad said the NFP would build new smart niche industries for export to New Zealand and Australia.
“We are not in competition with Indonesia or China for manufacturing. That is a no brainer. But there are niche industries in which we can beat them hands down.”
He said they would also carefully select policies that will attract New Zealand entrepreneurs to locate to Fiji to help kick start initiatives in targeted sectors.
“I want to make Fiji attractive as a destination for New Zealand to source a range of imports. I will look to investments from our diaspora for the development of niche marine and agricultural export products using technologies that we do not have, helping to grow skills in areas we cannot afford to and helping us open up markets here in Auckland and across New Zealand,” he said.
“We want you to bring your new knowledge, your new skills and your new networks to invest in Fiji. We need technologies and investments in healthcare, we need investments to improve pastures and yield in dairy, and we need investments in food processing. I am targeting a New Zealand inward investment of at least $150 million annually for the next five years,” Dr Prasad said.
“We want your investments and knowledge in helping our outer island communities in Fulaga, Rotuma and Yasawa deal with climate change; we need your investments and knowledge to help reverse environmental damage.”
rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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