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Kumar Outlines Reforms To Improve Doing Business In Fiji

The Ministry of Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development aims to bring about reforms to improve doing business in Fiji. In highlighting this Minister Premila Kumar said
05 Jan 2019 10:40
Kumar Outlines Reforms To Improve Doing Business In Fiji
Minister for Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar.

The Ministry of Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development aims to bring about reforms to improve doing business in Fiji.

In highlighting this Minister Premila Kumar said the reforms would help make it easier to un­lock the wealth of talents that we have.

“We are also in the process of approving the Investment Policy Statement and undertaking con­sultations on the new legal frame­work for investments,” she said.

“We will review the competition legal framework and develop a Competition Policy.

“The ministry will also redesign the building permits process, to deliver a simpler, harmonised ap­plication process and make it a ‘one stop shop’ for the approval process.”

She also highlighted that it was important for them to take the op­portunity at the beginning of her ministerial leadership to assess their performance.

“Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (MITT) will be taking this initial period to monitor and evaluate our programmes so that we can refine our service delivery to all Fijians,” Ms Kumar said.

“We will continue with our Na­tional Export Strategy, Young En­trepreneurship Scheme, Fijian Made-Buy Fijian Campaign, to name a few to make these flagship programmes even more effective.”

She also wants her ministries to focus on raising awareness of the work undertaken and for them to increase community engagement efforts.

“MITT will do this through the Department of Co-operative Busi­nesses and Integrated Human Re­source Development Programme, Tourism Unit and the Department of National Trade Measurement and Standards.”

In doing so, Ms Kumar said they could further strengthen Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) participation in the Fi­jian economy and ensure Fijians were aware of policy develop­ments and the developments in the marketplace.

Edited by Percy Kean

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