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Minister Semi Koroilavesau On A Mission

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau is committed to pursuing Government’s plans to reduce the national unemployment rate from 6.9 per cent to 4.2 per cent
17 Nov 2015 13:31
Minister Semi  Koroilavesau On  A Mission
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations.

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau is committed to pursuing Government’s plans to reduce the national unemployment rate from 6.9 per cent to 4.2 per cent by 2017.

He revealed this while responding to the Opposition during the 2016 Budget debate in Parliament yesterday.

“The Opposition complained about the supposed lack of job opportunities and then complained about the actions taken to provide job opportunities. They wield their pessimism with little regard to logic and consistency,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“Government has been criticised for its capital expenditure and infrastructural developments. This is despite the fact that these developments directly create employment opportunities for our people as well as innumerable other benefits made possible for our economy,” he said.

He said critics would not deter Government from decreasing unemployment rate and continue to persevere and work to the benefit of all Fijians.

“We have grown our industries and continue to do so further. The growth of these industries directly leads to the creation of job opportunities.

“We are grateful for the increased allocation of $3.8million towards NEC in 2016 and the increased budget allows us to put into action further plans to address unemployment concerns and bring the unemployment rate down to 4.2per cent by 2017,” he said.

National Federation Party (NFP) leader and Opposition member, Biman Prasad questioned Government on a how it would provide jobs for 12,000 young people who would leave school this year.

“Between 2010 and June 2015, about 46,000 people registered at the National Employment Centre looking for jobs and how many jobs could NEC find them? Only 5600 that is about 1000 jobs every year,” Mr Prasad said.

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