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FijiFirst Manifesto Envisions Modern Fiji

A modern Fiji has been the vision of FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama and his party’s manifesto is another example of how they intend to introduce policies to take Fiji to
11 Nov 2018 12:30
FijiFirst Manifesto Envisions Modern Fiji
FijiFirst Party leader Voreqe Bainimarama takes a selfie with a party supporter during the family fun day at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on November 10, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A modern Fiji has been the vision of FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama and his party’s manifesto is another example of how they intend to introduce policies to take Fiji to greater heights.

Major announcements include:

  • Employers which create day care centres at work will receive tax incentives. This is especially beneficial for young mothers who will be able to keep their children at their companies’ day care centres instead of being torn between being a fulltime mum and being an income earner for the family;
  • From January 1, if a child is injured in schools, their compensation will be paid through the Accident Compensation Commission of Fiji. Sports injuries will be covered in the next three years;
  • Will provide 24 hours and seven days a week online searches for land leases, titles, deeds, lodgement and other land transactions;
  • Will facilitate 24 hours a day and seven days a week online company searches;
  • New born babies’ births could be reported through a mobile phone app;
  • Set up online service for requests to reprint birth certificates;
  • Enable payments for government services online;
  • Establish a micro-finance bank to allows Fijians to access alternative sources of funding;
  • While they are currently providing sugarcane farmers $1000 per hectare for land preparation and $1000 for planting, they will now also provide $900 per hectare for preparation of hilly land;
  • Cold storage facilities will be set up in Sigatoka and Ba where vegetable farmers can store their vegetables before selling it and not rely solely on middle-men to buy off their vegetables;
  • Will forge stronger links between vegetable farmers and the tourism industry to improve access to more lucrative direct markets;
  • Will revamp our rail network to reduce cost of cane transportation and to also carry cargo and passengers. They will get assistance from the Indian Government.

Meanwhile, FijiFirst plans to go to the poll on November 14 to retain the majority number of seats and form Government.

Over the past four years, Fiji has seen a number of policies introduced by the ruling party, which many would not have thought were possible for Fiji.

FijiFirst Party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum takes a selfie with party supporters during the family fun day at  Lautoka’s Churchill Park on November 10, 2018.  Photo: Waisea Nasokia

FijiFirst Party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum takes a selfie with party supporters during the family fun day at
Lautoka’s Churchill Park on November 10, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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