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PM: New Factory Confidence Signal

Manubhai Industries Limited’s new factory is a “potent signal of the renewed confidence that local investors have in the new Fiji we are all forging together”, says Prime Minister Voreqe
05 Jul 2015 09:50
PM: New Factory Confidence Signal
From left: RC Manubhai Group managing director Dinesh Patel, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, and director Bhavesh Kumar during opening of the Manubhai Industries Complex in Ba yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Manubhai Industries Limited’s new factory is a “potent signal of the renewed confidence that local investors have in the new Fiji we are all forging together”, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

“It’s always a great pleasure for me to preside over the opening of any new factory in Fiji,” he said yesterday.

He said he was especially delighted to be in Ba to launch this one – the latest manufacturing facility of one of the great names of Fijian business – the RC Manubhai Group.

“It’s a special occasion for a number of reasons, not least because of the Patel family’s long history of service to the Fijian people and their contribution to the national economy.

“We are currently in the throes of the longest-running period of economic expansion in Fijian history. We have had six years of continuous economic growth and an expansion rate of four per cent or more each year for the past three years.

“So as I told my fellow Melanesian leaders last week, Fiji is on the move. Fiji is open for business. And there are wonderful opportunities for local and foreign investors to capitalize on the renewed optimism that has accompanied the birth of our new and true democracy.

“The Patel family of Ba has always had confidence in Fiji. And first and foremost today, I want to congratulate them on the expansion of their business that this new factory represents. And to thank them on behalf of their workers and the nation as a whole for the employment opportunities they have provided for the Fijian people – 600 jobs at the present time throughout Fiji. (I think that deserves a round of applause).

He said the family’s history was a wonderful story that needed telling.

This was because it was important “for me as Prime Minister to remind the nation of the spirit of enterprise that drives the Patels and families like them.”

“The vision, the hard work, the risk taking, the dedication. Plus the national pride – the patriotism – that either kept them in Fiji during the wasted years of our development or has encouraged their return to contribute to building the new Fiji.

“No Fijian should ever forget that the health of these businesses is linked to the wellbeing of every citizen. Whether it is the jobs they provide, the tax they pay or the export income they earn,” he said.

“So they deserve to be celebrated. Because they are Fijians prepared to put their money where their hearts are – with our nation – expand the income-earning opportunities for others and invest in the future of every citizen.”

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