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Work With Government, Chamber Urged

The Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has been urged to work in partnership with the Government. The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism and Local Government, Housing and Community
06 Jan 2019 11:29
Work With Government, Chamber Urged
Dr Ram Raju handing over the audit report for Bula Hash Hashiers to Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism and Local Govern- ment, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has been urged to work in partnership with the Government.

The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism and Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar while addressing NCCI executives and members at the Tanoa Skylodge hotel in Nadi yesterday.

“We need to work in partnership. The Chamber is formed, the associations are formed and we should not only use to further their interest. It should be looked at from the other perspective in terms of what they do,” she said.

“For example, what they talking about are the people who make up the chambers of commerce.

“So, when it comes to business advancement, the chamber talks collectively.

“When it come to individual member not behaving, in terms of not doing things in a legal way or they defy the rules.

The minister is touring several towns and city in the Western Division to meet stakeholders and discuss developments and plans for 2019.

Mrs Kumar added that the vacancy for Nadi Town Council CEO would be advertised shortly.

“The job of being chief executive officer and other official of Nadi Town Council and other town/city councils as well, are more attractive, so we need to attract people with the right vision and with the right thinking.

“It is very challenging and interesting work, unfortunately we weren’t able to attract the right people and that is something I would like to do,” she said.

“The challenge is for us to find the local person who can write the vision that you all have about Nadi.

“It is challenging, but it is possible to have the right people.”

Meanwhile, earlier in Lautoka, Mrs Kumar highlighted a number of multi-million-dollar projects for the city.

“The swimming pool is one, Lautoka Market will be refurbished, indoor sports facilities so there are number of big projects and these are multi-million-dollar projects that’s happening in Lautoka City,” she said.

She also spoke of other projects in the pipeline for other towns and cities.

“There are a number of projects on the verge of completion like Namaka Market, Laqere Market and there are other projects which is still in the pipeline.

“It’s happening half way, some are completed they have done at least three quarter of the work and some are yet to start.”

Report

Meanwhile, Dr Raju who is also the chairperson of the Bula Hash Harriers 2018 presented the audited account reports to the Ms Kumar.

“Just over $100, 000 for charity goes to Nadi hospital. We did this with Paradise Beverages the major sponsor and the account was released last week,” he said.

He thanked MITT as the major stakeholders for being part of the event and looked forward to the partnership for the inaugural South Pacific Hash 2021.

Dr Raju also confirmed that a contingent of 30 from Fiji would be participating for the 2020 event in Trinidad and Tobago.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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