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It’s Fijian Made, Gavoka

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has labelled the inability of Opposition Member of Parliament Viliame Gavoka to refer to Fijian Made products as Fijian Made as pathetic. Mr Gavoka in Parliament last
16 Feb 2015 10:49
It’s Fijian Made, Gavoka

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has labelled the inability of Opposition Member of Parliament Viliame Gavoka to refer to Fijian Made products as Fijian Made as pathetic.

Mr Gavoka in Parliament last week repeatedly referred to Government’s Buy Fijian Made initiative, Fijian Made Products as Fiji Made and iTaukei Made.

He made these comments after the Ministerial statement by Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya.

Yesterday, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said if other countries have pride in their products, why can’t we?

“It’s very unfortunate. You heard that in response, the Honourable Gavoka could not bring himself to say Fijian Made. We heard the Minister for Industry and Trade saying Fijian Made, Buy Fijian Made, but Honourable Gavoka could not bring himself to say Fijian Made,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“He said Fiji Made, he said iTaukei Made but he could not bring himself to say Fijian Made.

“That is really, really absolutely, in fact quite pathetic. We are here a modern nation-state, we are trying to promote Fijian products, Fijian Grown, Fijian Made, Fijian Sewn, Fijian Designed, all of these products- yet they could not do that.

“What is wrong with saying Fijian Made? asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

“These are the kinds of shenanigans that take place where there is still very myopic view of the economy, a very myopic approach to commercial realities in Fiji,” he said.

Mr Gavoka had also questioned about how many people in Nadroga had received certification for Fijian Grown products and Fijian Handicrafts.

“The reality is that a large number of people in the division he was talking about- in Nadroga, have been given certification for Fijian Handicraft and Fijian Made products.

“So again, they are essentially making comments without actually verifying the facts. They have not verified the facts at all.

“We should all as Fijians be proud of our products. All other countries are doing that but we have the Opposition caught and unfortunately their analysis are jaded. They are jaded by- at the end of the day you want to call it as it is- by ethnic politics.”

He said that the Opposition could not for example say “ that the country is Fiji and people staying in Fiji are Fijians and the products of Fiji are Fijian products.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also challenged media organisations to get this right.

He said people spoke about the American economy but in Fiji’s case, say Fiji economy.

When last night questioned on why he continued to refer to Fijian Made products as Fiji Made and iTaukei Made, Mr Gavoka said: “There are aspects that are authentic with the iTaukei and we need to be careful on how we use them.

“Fijian made is broad and some of them are referred to as iTaukei made because these ones needs to be researched for its traditional ownership for example when we use tapa or masi printings, it has meaning and that is why I had used a masi design on the Fiji Airways logo that belonged to the people of Cakaudrove but did we ask them to use it?

“We applaud the initiative but when we come to iTaukei we need to be careful of the ownership of those crafts, motives and etc.”

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