The Fijian Government’s budget consultations are picking up momentum as stakeholders saw this as an opportune time to discuss issues pertaining to their line of business.

In presenting the facts on the careFIJI app, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted that the 2020-2021 budget will take into account the Government’s loss of revenue as a result of the borders being shut down.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum also revealed the Government’s financial year will be from 1 August to 31 July.

“We, as Government, also want to be able to collaborate with Fiji Airways who are currently working with a number of properties regarding various packages where we provide direct benefit,” he said.

It was discussed that whenever the Bula Bubble gets a confirmed date, Fiji Airways is ready to create value packages that are so compelling that every Australian and New Zealander will want to come to Fiji.

Issues such as price control, COVID-19 vaccines, improving food security, tourism, careFIJI app privacy and various Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises loan schemes were discussed at the consultation.

The afternoon session panellists presenting with the A-G included Minister for Commerce, Trade, Industry, Tourism and Transport (MCTTT) Hon. Faiyaz Koya, MCTTT Permanent Secretary Shaheen Ali, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Health and Medical Service Dr James Fong, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Economy Mrs Makereta Konrote, Director-General for Digital Government Transformation Tupou Baravilala and Head of Fiscal Policy Research & Analysis Mr Shiri Gounder.

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