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Business Forum To Draw Members From All Around

The fourth Fiji Business Forum, sponsored by ANZ Fiji, will be held next Saturday, August 15, at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. The forum is a national discussion session
05 Aug 2015 14:11
Business Forum To Draw Members From All Around

The fourth Fiji Business Forum, sponsored by ANZ Fiji, will be held next Saturday, August 15, at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

The forum is a national discussion session between policy makers, regulators and businesses and is organised by the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the apex body for all district chambers throughout the country.

The forum this year will include chamber members from all around the country and will be hosted by the Suva Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The one-day event will be attended at the highest level of government ministers and officials and key players of the private sector across a wide cross-section of industries in Fiji.

Around 200 delegates are expected.

The event will provide a focussed and rigorous exchange of ideas and debate on various regulatory policies amongst and between the government and participants in the business world in Fiji.

The intention is for these discussions to form the organisation’s submission to the 2016 National Budget.

The event is described as being more of a practitioner’s event.

Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry President, Peter Mazey, invited all the representatives from the business houses to attend.

“We are looking forward to a very open-minded and robust exchange of ideas for the betterment of business and investment environment for Fiji,” he said.

 

Discussions

Suva Chamber of Commerce and Industry President, Nur Bano Ali, said they have a focussed and targeted approach at the forum, bringing up key issues businesses need to discuss with the regulators.

She said their objective is with all the discussions, at the end of it, the communiqué will form their budget submission for the budget process.

This year the theme of the forum is “Simplicity, the Key to Business Success”.

Ms Ali said it is targeted to assist with the formulation and refinement of regulatory policies affecting businesses.

“This is with the primary objective of simplifying processes and thereby making it easier to conduct and operate business in Fiji,” she said.

ANZ Fiji’s support for the event was recognised as well given the bank had been supporting the event since the forum’s inception in 2011.

 

Sessions

The chief guest for the event is the Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Ms Ali said the sessions for this year’s forum include Government Policy and Regulatory Framework, Doing Business in Fiji and a final round of “Hard Talk”.

The first session, Government Policy and Regulatory Framework, will be led by the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya.

The second session, Doing Business in Fiji, will feature a high level panel made up of key government officials and private sector representatives.

Ms Ali said they will be sharing their experience and exchange information and ideas to better the service delivery mechanism of the public sector.

She said the “Hard Talk” will be an open forum whereby all the participants at the forum can engage in a question and answer discussion concerning their own business experiences.

 

Platform

Meanwhile, there will be a texting platform available from next Monday for those wanting to send questions to be asked.

Questions can be sent to 7333000.

The committee has assured the identity of all those who send questions will be strictly confidential.

Only one member will have access to the questions who will just bring the questions up for vetting without sender details and then the identities will be deleted.

So those who are not physically present at the forum can still send their questions.

Feedback: rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 

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