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Government Endorses Fiji Chamber Becoming A Parent Body

Government has endorsed the move by the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FCCI) to become the parent/apex body of all chambers in the country. The move will basically mean
17 Jun 2016 12:14
Government Endorses Fiji Chamber Becoming A Parent Body
Minister for Industry Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya . Photo: VILIMONI VAGANALAU

Government has endorsed the move by the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FCCI) to become the parent/apex body of all chambers in the country.

The move will basically mean each of the towns and cities will still have their own chambers but these will be affiliated to the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

In giving Government’s endorsement, Minister for Industry Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, said Government wanted to promote the interest of businesses in Fiji.

He said they needed district chambers to formerly engage with FCCI for inclusion structure and for them to work in the collective interest.

“There is also a need for proper reporting, feedback and consultation to be established with the FCCI with all other chambers around the country,” Mr Koya said.

FCCI President, Peter Mazey, said their concern was some of these chambers have just evolved and do not have standard mechanisms in place.

Meanwhile, the entire Suva Chamber of Commerce and Industries’ membership and structure will be alleviated to Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

This will mean the existence of the Suva Chamber will be with FCCI and will be basically where FCCI is existing.

Fiji Chamber vice-president, Nouzab Fareed, said this is normal international practice which they have now implemented.

So what happens to the existing chambers now? The FCCI will slowly rope in the chambers to become a member of this parent body.

What happens if they do not agree? The chambers can exist but they cannot use the word chamber in the name of the organisation anymore.

Mr Koya said: “FFCI has a large database for about 250 key private sector partners and prides it’s self in being representative of large industries.

“These includes also medium and small enterprises as well which is one of the most important sectors for government.”

Mr Koya added the Government was confident of a good new future that is structured in its development and given the innovative solutions the new partnership would provide.

 

edited by: Rachna lal

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