THE three-day FNPF expo in Sigatoka allowed members of the public to seek advice on retirement planning, update their FNPF information, inquire as to how they could boost their FNPF savings and consultation regarding the Village Housing Grant assistance.

FNPF General Manager Member Services, Alipate Waqairawai, says the main objective of the expo is to create awareness on savings and continue the conversation that retirement planning is critical.

He adds that growing old is inevitable, therefore early saving is important in order to have a meaningful retirement

“We also received feedback on social media and emails from people inquiring about pension calculation and options available to them,” Waqairawai says.

“Majority of the inquiries received at the expo were related to the Village Housing grant assistance.

“Members also signed up for Additional contributions, which enables members to boost their FNPF savings by increasing their employee contribution.”

Waqairawai says the expo has a holistic approach, where FNPF members can access all their services and receive the consultation they need, with no time restriction.

“FNPF is encouraging savings, whether it be through additional contributions for those that are in employment, or voluntary for the self-employed or even children as young as 6 years old. It’s never too late to start saving,” he says.

“The FNPF team also took time to conduct an awareness session with members of the Fiji Police Force at the Sigatoka Police Station during the week.

“FNPF services are also made available during the awareness sessions.”

Waqairawai encourages FNPF members and invites them for awareness at their communities, or even workplaces as “FNPF is ready to answer any questions,” he says.

The FNPF retirement expo team will next head to Taveuni, in June, with plans to conduct more expos in other parts of the country later this year.

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