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EDITORIAL: Calls For Ideas That Needs To Be Heard

A strong call by the Minister for Finance and Acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the past week: “Fiji needs good ideas and new ideas.” His comments were made to the
24 Aug 2015 12:52
EDITORIAL: Calls For Ideas That Needs To Be Heard
The Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

A strong call by the Minister for Finance and Acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the past week: “Fiji needs good ideas and new ideas.”

His comments were made to the accounting and business fraternity during the annual CPA Australia-Fiji Branch Congress at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau Island on Thursday.

He has appealed to the professionals to come out in public space and give opinions on matters of national interest, some of which is still not happening.

As a journalist, I have faced similar situations where contacting professionals for comment has not been useful. They do not want to comment saying it’s not their place or they simply do not have the authority to talk given their employment status.

But, as Mr Sayed-Khaiyum points out, in fact we are missing out on views from the very educated and critical sector of our community who can make a significant difference to where the country is headed.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum rightly put it: “If we want to move ourselves to the next stage of development and take advantage of the very good economic platform we are on, we need to take advantage of new ideas.

“We need to come out and break out and show and give professional views.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the more ideas the Government gets, the better it would be for them to make informed decisions.

For example: When submissions for the National Budget are made, mainly things are left to the business community to make the submissions.

Naturally these businesses would be thinking of their own business and how they can benefit.

But there is a need for a greater diversity of views, as Mr Sayed-Khaiyum is pushing for.

This is where we can have professionals usefully come in. They would not be the business people or the top executives – but they are the educated segment of our society who have an opinion and which can be counted.

We have a Government which has encouraged professionals to speak up. The worse that can happen is your views will not be taken into consideration – but what is the harm with giving it a try.

Your views could help make the future of our country brighter and better. So let’s all give it a try and make our views count!

Feedback:  rachnal@fijisun.com.fj



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