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The Fiji Manufacturer’s Association Set To Revive

A revival of the Fiji Manufacturer’s Association (FMA) is underway. In recognising the vital role the manufacturing sector plays in the economy. The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and Investment
30 Jul 2015 12:31
The Fiji Manufacturer’s Association Set To Revive

A revival of the Fiji Manufacturer’s Association (FMA) is underway.

In recognising the vital role the manufacturing sector plays in the economy.

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and Investment Fiji in consultation with Fijian manufacturers has proposed to revamp.

A meeting has been organised to discuss the association’s future tomorrow.

The President of the FMA Humphrey Chang said: “The association is a very old it is about 50 years old.

“However, there were fall outs and people not working together. It was not working all well.

But in the name of Fiji Manufacturers Association, we are called to attend meetings and they do remember us and acknowledge the association.”

 

Agenda

TThe meeting will be held at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism Office at the Civic Tower at 10 am.

Mr Chang explains among items to be considered will be the reviewing of the constition.

“One of the three important things that will be discussed is the 2016 budget the national planning and the Fiji made programme. As manufacturers we need to give our input on what is best for the economy.

“What we want to do is get the association going again and let the office bearers take on from there,” he added.

The association has been in place for over 50 years and its sole purpose is to serve their member.

It was formed in consultation with the Fijian Manufacturers and stakeholders.

The association will look towards promoting the interests of Manufacturers as a group and assist in the promotion, development and growth of the Manufacturing sector in Fiji.

Mr Chang has recurrently taken the role of presidency.

The FMA was previously run by the late Desmond Whiteside.

“After Desmond’s death because we are good friends I collected all materials of the associations.

“I also called some meetings and that’s how they elected me as the President of the association,” he added.

He said in the past meetings they have elected me as a president and I also took charge secretariat work.

Mr Chang explained the manufacturing sector play a very big role in this country also being the biggest in the South Pacific.

“Fiji may be a small country in the South Pacific but we are the biggest in manufacturing.

“Papua New Guinea is a big country but they have very small manufacturing plants then Fiji has,” said Mr Chang

He said we need to energise the manufacturing Industry so the industry can grow and have more foreign income coming into the country and thus increase the economy.

All those interested to be part of the FMA and attend the meeting are requested to kindly in their interest to the Acting Manger Export, Investment Development and Public Relations Shanaaz Nisha.

Feedback: rachael.nath@fijisun.com.fj

 

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