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Election Results Brings Confidence, Stability

The likelihood of Voreqe Bainimarama-led FijiFirst forming the next Government has been welcomed by the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association, Fiji Retailers Association and Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation. The
19 Sep 2014 09:34

The likelihood of Voreqe Bainimarama-led FijiFirst forming the next Government has been welcomed by the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association, Fiji Retailers Association and Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation.

The tourism body president, Dixon Seeto, said this would mean there would be continuity and stability in terms of policies they have been working with.

Nesbitt Hazelman.

Nesbitt Hazelman.

“The tourism industry is a very important part of the economy, and we work with the government of the day and all the stakeholders and we will continue to do this.”

Mr Seeto said it would also mean they can continue to work with Tourism Fiji, Fiji Airways and Ministry of Tourism on what they have been doing.

“This is certainly to grow and develop the tourism industry for the good of the economy,” he said.

“I am certain with FijiFirst winning the elections, we will continue with the reforms and the moves to improve the industry in a holistic way.

“It also means the Tourism Development Plan which will take us to 2018, will be the blue print for the industry going forward.”

Mr Seeto further feels investors look for certainty, confidence and predictability.

“Now with the current policies going on for the next four years, it should give them confidence that there are stability policies in place,” he said.

“We have a good set of investment incentives in place that will continue. So all this is good for the tourism industry.”

Business support

Fiji Retailers Association president, Himmat Lodhia, said: “As business people, we will support the verdict and will of the people and congratulate the new team.”

He said the business community is confident the team led by Mr Bainimarama inspires what is needed for increased investment in the country.

“The confidence of new investors and the existing investors will be inspired and we are certain the economy will grow,” Mr Lodhia said.

From the employers

Meanwhile, Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation chief executive, Nesbitt Hazelman, said: “The nation has spoken and their will must be respected.”

“We have worked very well with the previous government and we see this as business as usual.

“Our motto has always been to engage. We will hope to continuously strengthen our relationship and hope we will be called upon to offer the Prime Minister and his cabinet business-related advice.

“As the engine of growth of Fiji’s economy, we expect government policies to be consistent and we will continue to work with the Prime Minister and his new cabinet to ensure that Fiji achieves sustainable growth.”

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