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Council Focuses On Making Private Sector More Accountable

Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive, Premila Kumar, said she wants to focus on how they could make the business/private sector more accountable when concessions are given to them. This
05 Oct 2014 15:48
Council Focuses On Making Private Sector More Accountable
Staff and guests at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay during the Christmas tree lighting event. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive, Premila Kumar, said she wants to focus on how they could make the business/private sector more accountable when concessions are given to them.
This was her suggestion to Government during the Special Budget Forum organised by the Ministry of Finance at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.
“My input is from the consumers’ perspective because generally the discussions are always on private sector, how we can grow the economy,” she said.
“But the recipient of growth in the economy should be the people. And whether that growth really filters down to what the Government wants to achieve.
“So there needs to be a transition from growth and the growth needs to translate to the public.
“Often we see the good intention of Government where they try to reduce duty and they want to drive consumption in the country but that does not happen because the prices never come down.”

Tariff structure
Ms Kumar is also hoping Government will consider reverting to the tariff structure which was in place before 2008.
She said this would particularly be changing the 32 per cent category back to 27 per cent and the five per cent category to three per cent.
“That was how it was before 2008 and it will bring some relief to the consumers,” she said.
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