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Opposition’s ‘Sabotage Bid Has Failed’

“Regardless of their failed attempts at sabotage, this is a Budget that is smart in its rationale and clear in its setting of fiscal goals and achievable outputs and outcomes,” Mr Bala said.
18 Jun 2019 13:57
Opposition’s ‘Sabotage Bid Has Failed’
Minister for Youth and Employment Parveen Bala, right, with Opposition SODELPA MP Aseri Radrodro outside the Parliament chambers on June 17, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Minister for Youth and Employment Parveen Bala says the Opposition has failed in its attempts to sabotage the 2019-2020 National Budget.

Showing his support for the budget in Parliament yesterday, Mr Bala said critics used every opportunity to try and discredit the Budget and the FijiFirst Government, even before the budget announcement.

“Regardless of their failed attempts at sabotage, this is a Budget that is smart in its rationale and clear in its setting of fiscal goals and achievable outputs and outcomes,” Mr Bala said.

“Every dollar allocated is allocated with a clear purpose and intent for its spending and identified benefits for all Fijians.”

He said the Budget continued to prioritise the development of a skilled workforce to meet current and future demands by taking a multi-sectoral approach to build the foundation for a knowledge-based nation.

“A Fiji where we have skilled and productive workers in all sections of the economy from the farms to the fisheries to the digital world that we are now embracing,” Mr Bala said.

“These programmes are necessary as we play catch up after years of neglect of these, among other sectors, by previous governments.

“Because of this outright neglect we have lost at least two generations of skilled workers and trained professionals.”

The minister also revealed yesterday that they received the Employment Productivity Master Plan last week, which has been developed for Fiji by the Asian Productivity Organisation.

“The master plan will allow my ministry to integrate into key policy areas, the mechanisms towards a more productive Fiji,” said Mr Bala.

“The master plan and its implementation towards a more productive Fiji will align with this budget’s rational for a leaner economy.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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