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EDITORIAL: Attending Budget Consultations Will Help You Make Sound And Wise Decisions

The Ministry of Economy has commenced preparations for the 2018-2019 National Budget and is calling on all Fijians to make their voices heard. Once again, the nation-wide public consultations will
28 Feb 2018 10:17
EDITORIAL: Attending Budget Consultations Will Help You Make Sound And Wise Decisions

The Ministry of Economy has commenced preparations for the 2018-2019 National Budget and is calling on all Fijians to make their voices heard.

Once again, the nation-wide public consultations will be conducted with the private sector, high school and tertiary students, Fijians living with disabilities and the general public.

The 2018-2019 Budget will be built on the current eight-year streak of economic growth with a 30-year low in unemployment rate.

This is a clarion call to all Fijians to attend these consultations and join the conversation.

It is important because the consultations provide all the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarifications on any isssues relating the economic. And just about everything is related to the economy.

The dates and venues for the consultations starts from mid March in Navua, Suva and Nausori.

In the Western Division they begin at Lautoka and Ba in April. Then they move to Labasa and Savusavu.

Because they were successful last year they are being held again this year.

From previous experience we know how the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum answered queries and clarified issues that bothered some people.

When we talk about the economy we talk about people’s lives, that’s what it boils down to. It is about bread and butter issues, things that affect our daily lives.

For example, people still talk about infrastructure developments like roads, bridges, water supplies and rural electrification.

Many lives have been transformed because of these developments.

In Ono-i-Lau, Lau, villagers have been impressed with Government assistance to the island that they have switched their allegiance from SODELPA to FijiFirst.

People know that politics will not put food on the table for them, send their children to school to gain an education and provide jobs for them, later in life.

But a robust development plan that contains meaningful initiatives will – like the free education. One of the challenges in the far-flung islands of Lau is the shipping service.

The current once a month service is not enough and it is do with the cost of running it because of the long distance.

Issues like this come up during these Budget consultations and people can hear first hand what is the Government thinking about it.

It is therefore important that  we attend these consultations to ensure that we are well informed.

When we are well informed we can then make wise and sound decisions, from buying a television set to buying a car.

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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