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Reddy: Need For New Job Skills

The Pacific’s growing economies need to tap into new and transitioned job skills set for their people to meet the growing demands of diverse forms of labour. Fiji’s Minister for
24 Jun 2017 10:00
Reddy: Need For New Job Skills
Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy

The Pacific’s growing economies need to tap into new and transitioned job skills set for their people to meet the growing demands of diverse forms of labour.

Fiji’s Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts and National Archives of Fiji, Mahendra Reddy made this comment during the 2017 Pacific Update Conference at the University of the South Pacific’s Japan-Pacific ICT Centre on Tuesday.

The conference focuses on promoting blue-green economy, enhancing connectivity and creating accessible jobs.

On labour mobility Mr Reddy said: “One area that I am proud of that the Fijian Government is relentlessly pursuing is making education and training accessible to all the people in various job markets and which is envisioned to create labour sustainability for current key job sectors in years to come.”

He said the Pacific region, despite having some of the world’s most unique environments, had per capita income growth rates which had not kept up with population growth rates, thus contributing to growing inequality and hardships.

“Therefore, Conference of this nature which seeks to evaluate policies and research aimed at countering Pacific Island issues is highly instrumental,” Mr Reddy added.

On Blue-Green growth he said: “Blue-green growth must be a mandatory priority for every nation and every global citizen.

“Pacific Island nations have been in the global limelight recently through our sustained calls for sustainable development and this conference could not have come at a better time.”

Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Student Services), said the conference sessions were designed to raise awareness of opportunities and challenges affecting PICs.

“The presenters include a good mix of academics and policymakers, which is important for research dissemination and how such research impacts policy making,” he said.

Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat said the themes of the conference reflected major regional policy issues as well as the theme of the Forum Leaders meeting this year in Samoa.



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