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We Need To Expand Our Economic Base: A-G

Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says it is important that we expand our economic base. He was speaking during the budget consultations with students at Natabua High School,
14 Jun 2016 09:28
We Need To Expand Our Economic Base: A-G
Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the Budget Forum at Natabua High School yesterday Photo: DEPTFO News

Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says it is important that we expand our economic base.

He was speaking during the budget consultations with students at Natabua High School, Lautoka, yesterday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Tropical Cyclone Winston had devastated our economy.

“One climatic event is capable of wiping out the entire economy,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum  said this was why “we say our economy is vulnerable.

“As Fijians, it is our biggest challenge to expand our economic base. We cannot be independent on one sector of wealth,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

A student of Natabua High School raised her concerns on the services provided for disabled people as she claimed there were more than 5000 disabled people in the Western Division.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that he agreed that Fiji needed to improve on the services provided for the disabled people in our country.

He said when the new Constitution came “we introduced tactile signing language for disabled people to ensure they get education just like everyone else.

“The Constitution was translated into the tactile signing language for them to feel the alphabets and understand what the new Constitution holds.

“Currently we are getting those constitutions translated into iTaukei and Hindi languages so we can better our service for them,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said we buy a lot of products from overseas like food items, building materials, clothing etc.

“We need to import some of these items on the overseas currency. We also produce various other items in Fiji, but overall the production of goods has come down to 4.5 per cent.

“We are trying to push the businesses in Fiji to set a low budget, but have a high turnover,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said in Fiji the tourism industry was the main sector where Fiji generated income from.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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