Need to Align With National Development Plan: Konrote

There was a need to align development to the National Development Plan to position Fiji as the hub of economic activity and regional engagement in the Pacific. This was the
19 May 2018 11:00
Need to Align With National Development Plan: Konrote
From left: Fiji Institute of Accountants delegates Rachel Grings, Jerome Kado, FIA president Finau Nagera, President Major General (Retired) Jioji Konrote, First Lady Sarote Konrote, FIA Congress Organising Committee chair Rajeshwar Singh and Zarin Khan at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa on Yanuca Island on May 17, 2018. Photo: Lorraine Seeto. More pictures inside

There was a need to align development to the National Development Plan to position Fiji as the hub of economic activity and regional engagement in the Pacific.

This was the message from President Ma­jor General (Ret) Jioji Konrote while open­ing the Fiji Institute of Accountants 2018 Congress at the Shangri-la’s Fijian Resort on Yanuca Island yesterday.

“Our infrastructure and institutions are improving, there is increasing digital con­nectivity and availability of advanced technology, and we have an unprecedented standing in the international arena.”

“These positive developments, as outlined in the Fijian Government’s 5-year and 20-year National Development Plan, provide a sound platform for a progressive moderni­sation of Fiji’s economy.”

He said since the establishment of the Fiji Institute of Accountants in 1971, FIA has achieved recognition as a premier account­ing body not only in Fiji, but also regionally, for its contribution to education, profes­sional development and the maintenance of high accounting, auditing and ethical standards.

“This annual event, being the 46th Con­gress and widely regarded as Fiji’s premier business forum, is testament to the work of the Institute and the reputation it has built over the decades.

“The FIA works to lead, develop, facilitate and support accounting, assurance, finance and business advisory professionals to ex­cel in their roles and contribute to build­ing Fiji and the region through fostering public confidence, exercising highest ethi­cal standards, delivery of quality service, providing professional advice and expertise and commitment and devoted sense of duty to its members and the community.

“This is no easy feat and I must commend the Institute and its Council members, both past and present, for the work you have done, and continue to do for your members who have a shared passion and vision.

He said the theme, “Growth through Syn­ergy – Collaboration, Innovation and Resil­ience” was a very fitting theme especially at a time when the Fijian economy was ex­panding progressively and consistently.

“There is potential that is yet to be realised and it can only be possible through our col­laborated efforts, through new and innova­tive approaches and building a more resil­ient economy.

“As Fiji’s President and Head of State, I consider it is my responsibility to encour­age you to pursue excellence in transform­ing Fiji into a forward-thinking Nation based on good governance and sound devel­opmental policies that embraces inclusiv­ity, green growth, and sustainable develop­ment.”

Mr Konrote said he was pleased to note that Fiji’s economy had, for the first time in the country’s post-Independence era, experienced eight consecutive years of eco­nomic growth, with the ninth to be officially confirmed soon.

“Fiji has experienced an average growth of 4.5 per cent over the past five years, with the highest of 5.6 per cent recorded in 2014 being the most recorded for decades.

Investments have been key to the upward growth contributing over 25 per cent to Fi­ji’s Gross Domestic Product.”



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