The lack of quality, affordable and reliable child-care services in Fiji is causing public and private employers to lose over 12 working days per employee every year.
This is according to a new Report by the International Finance Corporation launched yesterday at GPH.
The Report titled: The Business Case for Employer Supported Child Care in Fiji surveyed more than 2,700 working parents in the public and private sectors.
While officiating at the Launch, Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations-Praveen Bala says the Government has prioritized early childhood education and has taken a pro-active step with the recommendation for a National task force on early childhood care.
He says the process is already underway for the set up of this task force under the National Coordinating Committee on Children chaired by the Ministry of Women, Poverty Alleviation and Social Services.
The Report sets out a range of recommendations and actions for business, government and others to increase the supply of quality childcare services in Fiji. Seven companies took part in the study including staff from across all government ministries.