Politics

Fijian Parliament: Rabuka calls for appointment of another Minister for Economy

LEADER of Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka has called on Government to appoint a reliable and honest person as the Minister for Economy. Speaking in his capacity as spokesperson for finance in Parliament yesterday on the 2019-2020...

Fijian Parliament: ’28 percent live below the poverty line’

OPPOSITION Member of Parliament Viliame Gavoka claims the Government did not care for the poor. While delivering his speech on the 2019/2020 National Budget, Mr Gavoka said life was hard for the multitudes in Fiji. He said it has been established that 28 per cent live below the poverty line. “The story of grief by...

Fijian Parliament: No usual morning tea break for MPs

THE Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau didn’t allow Members of Parliament to have their usual tea breaks this morning as Members of Parliament converged to deliberate on the 2019-2020 national budget. The morning tea breaks for the MPs are scheduled for 11.30am. However, Leader of Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka concluded his response to the national...

Fijian Parliament: ‘The success of my government speaks for itself’

“THE success of my government speaks for itself, there is no collapse.” These were the words of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimama while delivering his response to the 2019-2020 in Parliament this morning. “The Fijian economy and liquidity is more efficient, these are not social media rumors, these are facts,” he said. As Members of Parliament,...

‘Budget is the most important economic policy tool’

THE Fijian Parliament has come a long way in recent years in terms of raising public awareness and access to information. Acting Secretary-General to Parliament, Viniana Namosimalua said this while opening the second day of the workshop on the 2019-2020 National Budget Briefing for Civil Society Organisations held last Friday. “It now uses a modern...

Fijian Parliament: Rabuka highlights ‘giving handouts’ in budget speech

GOVERNMENT’S provision of giving handouts has created an independency syndrome especially among the indigenous people. This was an issue highlighted by the Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka this morning while delivering his response to the 2019-2020 in Parliament. As the Shadow Minister for Economy, he said the current Government doesn’t consider the future of the young...

Fijian Parliament: ‘Issue on NBF has been settled 20 years ago’

THE Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum always sound like a broken record every time he tries to justify their failure with the fall of the National Bank of Fiji. This was highlighted by Opposition Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka while delivering his response to the 2019-2020 national budget this morning. “The budget has failed miserably for the last three...

Fijian Parliament: MPs reminded to prepare themselves for late night sittings

MEMBERS of Parliament have been reminded to prepare themselves for late night sittings as they debate the 2019-2020 national budget in Parliament this week. Speaking in Parliament this morning, speaker of Parliament , Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said the budget was an integral and important part of the Parliament process. “I hope you are prepared for...

Fijian Parliament: Opposition ‘sharpening their knives’ for debate

THE Members of Opposition have been sharpening their knives as they prepared themselves to vigorously debate on the 2019-2020 national budget in Parliament this week. Leader of Opposition, Sitiveni Rabuka made this statement while delivering his response to the national budget in Parliament this morning. Speaking in his capacity as Shadow Minister for Finance he...

Fijian Parliament: MPs to debate on national budget

MEMBERS of Parliament will converge today to debate the 2019-2020 national budget in Parliament this week. They are expected to deliberate on all aspects of the budget where the Government and Opposition MPs are expected to deliver their response to the budget. The Shadow Minister for Finance, Sitiveni Rabuka will deliver his response in the...

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NFP MPs prepare for national budget debate

MEMBERS of Parliament from the National Federation Party are preparing well for the 2019-2020 national budget debate in Parliament next week. Party leader, Professor Biman Prasad said it would be interesting to watch the debate between both members of the August House. “The public should expect a robust debate on the national budget from next...

Assessment on PACER Plus underway

AN assessment on the impact of Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus on the Fijian economy is currently underway. This has been confirmed by the Minister for Industry and Trade, Premila Kumar during an interview outside Parliament. “We are carrying out an impact assessment on this regional trade agreement. At the moment we...

‘Budget has measures’

THE Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) says on the upside, the 2019-2020 National Budget has measures that should improve the ease of doing business and increase efficiency, financial control and discipline in the management of the Fijian economy. FHTA president Dixon Seeto said the continued investment into infrastructure development was also a huge boost...

Partnership to develop housing for low and middle income families

THE FIJIAN Government has partnered with the International Finance Cooperation to develop six sites with green and climate resilient housing for low and middle income families through a public-private partnership agreement. This was revealed by the Minister of Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during his announcement on the 2019/2020 National Budget. He said the agreement was signed...

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