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First Budget Consultation Conducted In The North

The Ministry of Economy in preparing for the 2019-2020 National Budget is again calling on all Fijians to submit their questions, ideas and feedback during these nationwide consultations.
03 Mar 2019 10:00
First Budget Consultation Conducted In The North
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum during the first public in-person national budget consultation at the Labasa Civic Centre on March 2, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum spearheaded the first public In-Person National Budget Consultation at Labasa Civic Centre yesterday.

The Ministry of Economy in preparing for the 2019-2020 National Budget is again calling on all Fijians to submit their questions, ideas and feedback during these nationwide consultations.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was there in person to answer questions and respond to comments as well. Mr Kand Sami Naicker, a 60-year-old cane farmer from Vunika thanked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum for coming in person for the Budget consultation. His contribution to the consultation was a permanent solution for water shortage in his area of Vunika, Labasa.

“There is a bore hole that can be used and Water Authority of Fiji can maintain it instead of wasting taxpayers’ money,” Mr Naicker said.

He also recalled that a few years ago a budget was allocated for a crematorium in the North and the minister said that someone was working on it.

Meanwhile, concerned kava middle men raised their concern that the VAT imposed on their product had increased to nine per cent.

“We are not even earning that much and to be imposed VAT is just too much,” Ishwar Chand said.

More discussions with the concerned authorities will clarify the matter to the kava middlemen.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum listening to one of the participants during the first public in-person national budget consultation at the Labasa Civic Centre on March 2, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum listening to one of the participants during the first public in-person national budget consultation at the Labasa Civic Centre on March 2, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

In order to produce the best Budget possible, the Ministry of Economy continues to include the views of the people at the decision-making table.

The ministry invites members of the public to attend the in-person consultations or make a written submission that can be hand delivered or emailed by April 26.

The Ministry will hold online consultations on Facebook with special sessions dedicated to secondary and tertiary students as well as the general public.

The three online sessions will be live and this will enable the Minister for Economy to respond to questions.

The online consultations are planned for Tuesday to Thursday this week.

The Minister of Economy had a closed consultation session with members of business houses in Labasa later in the afternoon.

Edited by Percy Kean

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