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‘We Need Expats’

More expatriates are ex­pected to join the ranks at Fiji’s oldest and only op­erating gold producer, as the com­pany battles to maintain status quo in the midst of major brain drain concerns.
21 Jan 2023 13:20
‘We Need Expats’
Minister for Mineral Resources, Filimoni Vosarogo, met with staff and management of Vatukoula Gold Mines Limited during his ministerial tour of the West.

More expatriates are ex­pected to join the ranks at Fiji’s oldest and only op­erating gold producer, as the com­pany battles to maintain status quo in the midst of major brain drain concerns.

And the Government is expected to find ways of supporting Vatu­koula Gold Mines Limited’s contin­ued operations.

With over 80 years of mining, the mines’ workforce is an estimated 1300. The livelihoods of thousands more remain heavily dependent on its continuity.

The concerns of the mines were recently relayed to Minister for Mineral Resources, Filimoni Vo­sarogo, during his initial site visit earlier this month.

“VGML has been facing many challenges, and needs the support of the Government,” Mr Ian said.

“We have lost many highly quali­fied engineers and accountants to Australia and New Zealand.”

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