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PM: No Turf Wars, Petty Rivalries

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has called on all sectors of Government to put aside petty rivalries and turf wars and focus on one thing alone – the national economy. Mr
10 Jul 2015 13:33
PM: No Turf Wars, Petty Rivalries
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the launch of the Fijian Trade Policy. Photo: Rama

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has called on all sectors of Government to put aside petty rivalries and turf wars and focus on one thing alone – the national economy.

Mr Bainimarama said last night: “This is very important and let me be very blunt. We can only achieve our vision for Fiji if every sector of Government works in unison.”

He warned: “I will not tolerate any bureaucratic obstruction to implementing this agenda. We need every arm of Government to engage with each other and the private sector to maximise the impact of our export effort. The concept of Team Fiji – of working together to achieve our national goals – has never been more crucial to our development. And I need all of you in this room to get behind and support this important initiative.”

He made the remarks when he launched the Fijian Trade Policy Framework and the Online Single Window Clearance System for Tier One agencies at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

Those present included MPs, Government ministers, diplomatic corps, regional and international organisation officials and reps from the private sector and civil society groups. The two documents, he said were not stand-alone. They were linked to their overall policy effort that included the Green Growth Framework and Agriculture Policy “all feeding in to our National Development Plan” for a super framework. This he added, would take the country first to 2020 and then 2035.

He said: “What the Trade Policy Framework does is to bring our overall trade effort under one umbrella. We need more coordination, more consistency. We need to encourage the growth of Fiji’s industrial base, make us more attractive to investors. Be smarter. More innovative. More adaptable. Identify more opportunities in the global marketplace for our goods and services.”

“Give our exporters all the assistance we can. And also raise Fiji’s voice to call for better and fairer access to the global marketplace. To participate more effectively in trade negotiations and fully integrate Fiji into the global trading system.

“At home, we must continually improve and refine the performance of our manufacturing, agriculture and service sectors.

“We must all work harder and smarter to make them more dynamic and more competitive. The world does not owe us a living, as we are finding out in our sugar cane industry.

“We have to carve out a living for ourselves. So overseas, we must intensify the search for new markets and work with our private sector in a more coordinated manner to identify new opportunities.

“Some of our companies are already regional and global brands. But we can take the Fijian Made trademark a lot further with more teamwork.

“To this end, you will see more teamwork in Government in the trade area. A much closer and more cooperative relationship between the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its diplomatic missions abroad.

“Your mission is to market, market, market the Fijian-made brand and attract investments. And I want you to work hand in hand – with each other and the private sector – to do it much more effectively.”

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