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Open And Frank Discussions At Business Forum: Ali

Participants and attendees at the Fiji Business Forum today are expected to openly and frankly discuss impediments, challenges and frustrations they face doing business here. The annual forum expected to
15 Aug 2015 08:38
Open And Frank Discussions At Business Forum: Ali
Sponsorship cheque handing over earlier this month by ANZ Fiji (From left: Suva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) vice-president, Nouzab Fareed, ANZ Fiji deputy chief executive & Head of Corporate Banking, Rakesh Ram, Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Peter Mazey, Suva Chamber president, Nur Bano Ali and Suva Chamber executive member, Arvind Maharaj. Photo: Jona Konataci

Participants and attendees at the Fiji Business Forum today are expected to openly and frankly discuss impediments, challenges and frustrations they face doing business here.

The annual forum expected to be attended by 150 to 200 people will be held at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

It starts at 9am where the Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, will be the chief guest but also present will be the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya.

It is being organised by the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry and hosted by the Suva Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Chamber is hoping to create an open relationship between business and policy makers and regulators with the primary objective of simplifying the processes of business.

This could be either registration or approvals or the ongoing operations.

Suva Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Nur Bano Ali, said: “We intend to foster a mutual approach to creating a conducive environment for business and therefore  economic growth.

The resolutions from this forum becomes the National Budget submission for the Chamber to Government.

The forum will include participation from a broad range and cross section of industries and businesses throughout Fiji.

“Hence this becomes a collective voice for business, providing a wide pool of input and resources for meaningful discussions and for seeking action for improvement,” Ms Ali said.

 

Programme

Ms Ali stressed they have a sharp and short programme, so it does not become just another talking session but rather becomes a targeted approach.

“This approach will achieve the desired outcome of a partnership  between and amongst the relevant operators in the business and investment arena and simply fixing what needs to be fixed,” Ms Ali stressed.

“This year we have input from Women in Business as well who will collaborate with the Chambers of Commerce to seek certain initiatives to improve the participation of women in commerce.”

 

Topics of discussion

One of the topics to be looked at is Government Policy and Regulatory Framework both of which Ms Ali said have to work for businesses.

“We have expert speakers from the private sector and professionals to identify the concerns of business which will be discussed with the Government officials for refinement,” she said.

“There is a significant representation of senior Government officials from the various approving agencies to enable this discussion.”

Then there is also a session featuring a range of senior Government officials, regulators and policy makers who will engage in an open forum.

Ms Ali said this is where they intend to bring out practical examples of utilising the services of the regulators for business enhancement.

“This will be a question and answer session in an open environment,” she said.

Feedback: rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 



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