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TCF Council Calls For Well-balanced Budget Catering Fairly For All

A well-balanced budget that fairly caters for everyone is what the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Council is hopeful for in the 2016 National Budget. Council President, Kaushik Kumar said they have
28 Oct 2015 11:13
TCF Council Calls For Well-balanced Budget Catering Fairly For All
TCF Council President, Kaushik Kumar.

A well-balanced budget that fairly caters for everyone is what the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Council is hopeful for in the 2016 National Budget.

Council President, Kaushik Kumar said they have made their submissions on a number of issues.

“But our main aim is to secure continued funding for the marketing and promotion of Fiji’s textile, clothing and footwear industry in the overseas markets,” he said.

“We have also strongly emphasised on government support and funding of a Garment Training Institute to cater for the garment manufacturing and the fashion industry.”

As has already been highlighted, Mr Kumar said they are facing a big skills shortfall in many areas and there is no training available for our industry.

“If we are to have sustainable growth, the manpower needs have to be addressed,” he said.

“There is a big demand for fashion clothing and we are missing out on that as the industry is not geared with the right skill set.

“If we look at our main competitor countries, they all have proper training facilities.”

Past budget and consultation

The TCF sector has been provided with a marketing grant of $100,000 annually by the Government for the past five years.

This has enabled the TCF industry players to group together to market Fiji.

Mr Kumar said: “We have benefited as an industry through the marketing grant.

“Our promotional activities have paid dividends and we can see this through increased employment and exports in the TCF sector.”

Mr Kumar said there has been ample time allowed for submissions and discussions and Government has been encouraging everyone to put in their submissions.

Areas To Pay Attention:

  • Continued spending on infrastructure development – better roads needed, reliable water supply, power supply a must
  • There is a shortfall of factory and warehousing space between Suva and Nausori. Government can look at setting up Economic Development Zones and or provide incentives for private investors to set up such zones.
  • There is room to increase commercial activity between Lami and Navua by setting up industrial parks.
  • Encourage investment which will create more job opportunities.
  • One also needs to be mindful about the increase in the cost of living and this needs to be addressed so that the poor and marginalised are also looked after.

Feedback:  rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 



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