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Follow Fiji To Address Pacific Problems: Reddy

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy is urging Pacific island countries (PICS) to follow Fiji in addressing Pacific problems. He is also calling on PICS to determine how they can raise
16 Jul 2015 12:11
Follow Fiji To Address Pacific Problems: Reddy

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy is urging Pacific island countries (PICS) to follow Fiji in addressing Pacific problems.

He is also calling on PICS to determine how they can raise income from the limited number of existing factors of production such as land, labour and natural resources.

His remarks follow the launch of the two- day Regional Policymakers 2015 Pacific Update Conference at the University of the South Pacific yesterday.

“Policymakers in the region should also be mindful of how strategies are implemented so as not to further widen the gap between urban and interior population thus creating impetus for urban drift,” Mr Reddy said.

He said PICS must embrace globalisation and strengthen their ability to create opportunities from their smallness.

“To date, very little has been done as a Pacific bloc to address Pacific problems,” he said.

“Fiji has taken a lead role in this and I do hope member countries understand the genuine desire of Fiji to raise the living standards of the bloc.

“Fiji will not waiver from its commitment towards this endeavour,” Mr Reddy said.

He said the Pacific Update Conference had greatly assisted Fiji and other PICS to walk and work with the rest of the world.

“Our people share a common heritage – the quest for better economic status that will enable us to become fully independent nations.

“We are also bound together by common traditions and our rich cultural heritage.”

This year’s conference theme is “Pacific development in a changing global economy”, and Dr Reddy said achieving economic growth with balanced development, was a challenge.

More than 100 regional policymakers, academics, development practitioners and representatives from international organisations converged in Suva to present and discuss the latest economic and social developments in the Pacific region.

 

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