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Ministry devises strategic plans for 2016

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation will capitalise on a collaborative platform to broaden opportunities for the empowerment of underprivileged individuals and families in Fiji. This was reiterated
24 Dec 2015 10:30
Ministry devises strategic plans for 2016
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation staff during the Annual Corporate Plan 2016 meeting.

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation will capitalise on a collaborative platform to broaden opportunities for the empowerment of underprivileged individuals and families in Fiji.

This was reiterated by its Minister, Rosy Akbar during the 2016 Annual Corporate meeting of the Ministry in Suva last week.

It was attended by senior welfare officers and women interest officers to look at the Annual Strategic Plans for next year.

Ms Akbar emphasised on the ministry’s continued commitment to increase its work in reaching out to rural and remote Fijian communities.

“2015 has been a year of action for the ministry and it has really been about using a collaborative approach to create positive changes for families in Fiji,” Ms Akbar said.

“Through the ministry’s increased networking with stakeholders both here and abroad, we have been able to increase socio-economic opportunities for women and youths in Fiji.

“Implementation of the National Gender Policy, Reach Project, National Child Helpline, National Women’s Expo, opening of Rehabilitation Centre for Beggars and Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre has been some of the major achievements for the ministry.

The focus for next year, she said, was to adopt a consolidated approach to streamline social welfare programmes and poverty alleviation strategies.

“The 2016 Budget provides $52.2million to the ministry, which is an increase of $6.4million from this year. This increase will greatly facilitate assistance targeted towards those Fijians who are most in need, including women, children, persons living with disabilities, elderly and the poor.

“The ministry is looking at the establishment of a National Co-ordinating Committee on Poverty Alleviation and robust monitoring mechanisms. 2016 should be an exciting year for the ministry and we shall aspire to build new partnerships to take this Ministry’s services to a much higher level.”

The ministry staff have also been reminded on the importance of their role, particularly in maintaining professionalism and adhering to public service code of conduct and ethics.

“Having the heart to serve with diligence and empathy is also one of the core values of this ministry. Inculcating these values in our staff and management through continued training opportunities is a key priority for the human resource development,” she said.

Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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