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Dulakiverata: Nothing New In Budget

There is nothing new in the 2016 Budget, says Opposition MP Jiosefa Dulakiverata. He said the budget would not attract foreign investors into the country. “It does not encourage investments
18 Nov 2015 08:31
Dulakiverata: Nothing New In Budget
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar, and Minister for Industry, Trade & Tourism Faiyaz Koya outside parliament yesterday.

There is nothing new in the 2016 Budget, says Opposition MP Jiosefa Dulakiverata.
He said the budget would not attract foreign investors into the country.
“It does not encourage investments and will not develop the full potentials of the primary industry sectors,” he said.
He believes these were the main sectors that would stimulate and drive the economy.
Mr Dulakiverata said the tourism budget was not conducive to the progress and development of the tourist sector which was the backbone of Fiji’s economy that also provided employment for more than 50,000 people.
He spoke on taxation saying the principles of good taxation system must be simple, efficient and equitable.
The current taxation system, he said, was cumbersome, complicated and unfair.
According to Mr Dulakiverata, the 2016 Budget had failed to provide tangible outcomes that could drive the economy and improve the financial position of our economy and was focused on introducing new taxes and providing more funds to non-essential sectors.
On the Ministry of Civil Service, he said this was politicised as Section 127 (7) & (8) of the 2013 Constitution stipulated that the Permanent Secretary with the agreement of the Minister responsible had the authority to determine all matters pertaining to the employment of all staff in the ministry.
He said the budget showed lack of confidence and trust on many skilled and professional Fijian people which implied that professionals would have to be recruited from abroad for senior executive positions at the Public Service Commission.
He said it was the duplication of FijiFirst’s political manifesto which had gone wrong in many areas.



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