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COVID-19: A-G Urges Businesses To Stay Open

In a press conference, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “Business leaders must recognise their role in our economic resilience by keeping your people employed and businesses running.”
15 Mar 2020 15:04
COVID-19: A-G Urges Businesses To Stay Open
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has urged businesses to remain open as long as it is safe and sustainable to do so.

Economic resilience

In a press conference, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “Business leaders must recognise their role in our economic resilience by keeping your people employed and businesses running.”

“This is a test of our perseverance that we must prove strong enough to endure, but you know that Government will work with you in close collaboration to support you and the Fijians you employ,” he said.

Channel of growth

“Government is leveraging every channel of growth at our disposal to keep the economy prosperous, keep Fijians employed and keep our businesses afloat.

“Our economy remains afloat under responsible management, and we will not hesitate to make tough decisions with a view towards our long-term economic prospects.”

Chinese market

He also highlighted that Fiji was not heavily reliant on the Chinese market-we have a responsible mix of tourism markets to hedge against isolated disruption.

Tourism markets

“There’s still tremendous potential in our tourism markets in Australia, New Zealand- both of which do not have large scale outbreaks of the virus,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Government was actively exploring new measures of support with tourism partners to take full advantage of these and other opportunities.

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