Need for smarter strategies

PRIME Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama says there is a need for a smarter, more strategic and more integrated approach from every sector in the country. Mr Bainimarama highlighted this during the opening of the 2015 Budget Forum in Suva yesterday.

“We’ve already had a couple of great years in which government expenditure, especially on new infrastructure, has been accompanied by significant private investment as confidence in Fiji grows,” he said.

“But having now successfully conducted a credible, free and fair election and having it acclaimed as such by the global community, our position can only get better.

“We have so much going for us; our glorious natural surrounding, our wonderful people, our central position as a hub in the Pacific, an eager and talented workforce destined to become even smarter because of our investment in education, the many reforms we have made to transform Fiji into a modern nation-state and our transition to a genuine democracy.

“I have asked my opponents in Parliament to work constructively with me to capitalise on these positive indicators.”

Mr Bainimarama said people must work together to capitalise on the renewed confidence in Fiji that has been accompanied both by the election and the comprehensive reform program over the past eight years.

“Those reforms have improved our standards of governance and made Fiji more competitive but there is still much to be done.”