Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Industry, Trade and Tourism Premila Kumar challenged the private sector to support Government initiatives, that encouraged small entrepreneurs and the nation’s youth.
She made the comments while addressing executives at the TOPEX 2019 at Pullman Fiji Resort in Nadi.
“I want to focus on how partnership and close collaboration between the business community, citizens and the Fijian Government, will elevate Fiji’s transformation,” she said.
“We have to ensure that the overall national vision of Transforming Fiji, as set out in the 5-Year and 20-Year National Development Plans, encompass the “business perspective” of transforming Fiji.”
She said the private sector, public sector and the population at large needed to team up to help achieve this Vision.
“It is only through this shared vision that we will be able to continue growth for the benefit of all Fijians,” Kumar said.
“Transformation cannot just be done with the use of new technology or through digital innovation. We need a transformation of mindset. Transformation of attitude. And, transformation of processes and practices and as we embrace digital innovation, we need to think big and make changes to the way we do things.”
She reiterated that in setting the vision of providing Fijians and the private sector with steady, better quality and accessible Government services, the Fijian Government has undertaken in-depth transformation through the launch of the DigitalFIJI mobile application last year.
“Fijians now have services, such as, birth registration in the palms of their hands. They do not have to stand in long queues to access services. They can simply register online and confirm an appointment time to pick up their certificates.”
The Fijian Government, she added, genuinely believes that the private sector is the engine of growth.
“Private – Public Partnership in urban development is seen as important and I encourage you all to take time out and discuss ways and means in which you could play a more proactive role in making our Town and City Centres bustling and vibrant. And as Minister for Local Government, I will be more than happy to receive your collective thoughts at the end of this conference.”
Over 270 senior executives from the private and public sector attended the two-day conference.