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PM: Strategic Plan A Significant Milestone For Fijian Economy

The plan will further solidify a competition and consumer protection legislation. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched a new five-year Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) strategic plan yesterday. The plan
27 Mar 2018 15:19
PM: Strategic Plan A Significant Milestone For Fijian Economy
From left, Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chairperson Joann Young, FCCC chief executive officer Joel Abraham with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Minister for Industry,Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on March 26, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The plan will further solidify a competition and consumer protection legislation.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched a new five-year Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) strategic plan yesterday.

From left, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya, Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chairperson Joann Young, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and FCCC chief executive officer Joel Abraham during the cake cutting ceremony to mark the launch of FCCC's new branding at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on March 26, 2018.  Photo: Photo: Simione Haravanua

From left, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya, Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chairperson Joann Young, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and FCCC chief executive officer Joel Abraham during the cake cutting ceremony to mark the launch of FCCC’s new branding at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on March 26, 2018.
Photo: Photo: Simione Haravanua

The plan will further solidify a competition and consumer protection legislation.

Mr Bainimara expressed delight at the unveiling of the plan at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, calling it a significant milestone for the Fijian Economy.

“In any economy, a competitive environment is needed for growth and development,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“When different producers or vendors are forced to compete, it creates a better outcome for everyone–– higher quality goods, increased efficiencies, a wider selection to choose from, and lower prices.

“But effective and fair competition is not automatic.

“My Government has worked to put into place robust competition laws and policies, and we actively partner with strong institutions like the FCCC to ensure that these rules are enforced.”

Mr Bainimarama said the plan would advance efforts to improve the lives of ‘ordinary Fijians’.

“This strategic plan fully embraces my government’s vision for sustainable growth, and it actively works to make life easier and more affordable for ordinary Fijians,” he said.

“The plan has four main strategic goals that it sets out to accomplish over the next five years: ensuring competitive markets; promoting safe goods and services and a well-informed public; regulating in areas when necessary; and establishing itself as a premier competition agency for the region.”

FCCC chief executive officer Joel Abraham said the plan would be in line with the Fijian Government’s vision of promoting efficient markets and enabling socio-economic transformation for all Fijians.

“With renewed focus, we will work towards ensuring economic growth, creating competitive markets, forward-thinking regulations and protecting consumer interests,” Mr Abraham said.

“I must reiterate that we will need the support of all our stakeholders in achieving the vision of creating a dynamic and competitive market place so that we have a better Fiji for all.”

One of the key things in the plan is to align staff salaries to attract high calibre staff as part of a job evaluation exercise.

Along with the plan, a total re-branding of the statutory body was presented, including a brand new logo.

Edited Percy Kean

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