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Sayed-Khaiyum: Expect A Responsible National Budget

Responsible will be the byword when the 2018 National Budget is announced next Thursday (June 28). Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fijians could expect a
22 Jun 2018 10:06
Sayed-Khaiyum: Expect A Responsible National Budget
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the Press Conference on June 21,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

Responsible will be the byword when the 2018 National Budget is announced next Thursday (June 28).

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fijians could expect a budget built on what the Fijian Government had been doing in the past few years.

He was responding to questions asked during the press conference yesterday on his thoughts about National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad’s claim that this would be a vote buying budget.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyuim questioned whether Mr Prasad was a psychic.

He said the budget would, once again, focus on development, empowering ordinary Fijians and set a course for Fiji’s future.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said one reason the Fijian Government has enjoyed nine years of unprecedented economic growth was that it put in place many polices many years ago, which are now bearing fruit and allowing Fijians to benefit from them.

“The same way we will do for the future. 50 per cent of the population is 27 years and younger and we have been building policies on that basis and will continue with a high level of financial responsibility,” he said.

He said Fijians would be empowered, educated, have developments in-terms of roads, water and electricity as well as modernising the civil service and empowering all workers.

Meanwhile, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Fijian Government had been delivering a responsible budget since 2014, which indicted the very practical and tangible manner in which it had been managing finances.

“We have had numerous third-party validations on this. Our ratings have gone up by international rating agencies, our overall percentage of debts has come down and yet at the same time more infrastructure development has been seen,” he said. Edited by Epineri Vula

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