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Kumar: Dignity, Dedication And Honesty At Forefront Of My Role

  I will serve this Government with dignity, dedication and honesty for the betterment of all our citizens, says Premila Kumar. The newly-appointed Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government,
29 Nov 2018 10:37
Kumar: Dignity, Dedication And Honesty At Forefront Of My Role
Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar outside Parliament on November 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

I will serve this Government with dignity, dedication and honesty for the betterment of all our citizens, says Premila Kumar.

The newly-appointed Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development said she would continue building on the achievement of her predecessor to increase investments, grow the economy and create the jobs especially for the young people.

She highlighted her determination in making sure that more and more Fijians are included in and benefit from the growth of our nation’s economy.

“I believe in empowering grassroot communities and encouraging rural development to bring more people into the mainstream economy,” she said.

Ms Kumar believed that young Fijians need the right support and boost to harness their talents and ambitions.

She encouraged the youth to take advantage of the Fijian Government’s initiatives in stipulating employment. This includes the Young Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) and to become job creators rather than job seekers.

Below are a few highlights from Ms Kumar’s speech:

  • A strong economy is predicated on confidence. This confidence can only be inculcated if the country provides stability and security, which will then drive the locals to invest and grow their businesses.
  •  We can differ in ideologies and thought but let us get way from race, hate or religious vilification and work towards the betterment of Fiji, as a unified nation.
  •  On the subject of policies that work, the fact that the tourism industry is reaching $2 billion is due to the forward-looking policies of the FijiFirst Government. This has seen the industry reach its revenue targets well in advance of projections in our tourism development plan, known as Fijian Tourism 2021.
  • TELS is not compulsory but allows Fiji- an youths to access tertiary education who don’t qualify for scholarship and have no funds. Removal of TELS would either mean free university for all, which the Government cannot afford or going back to the old days where parents had to take loans or withdraw their FNPF.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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