Portfolio switch

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s shedding the portfolios of Minister for Industry and Trade and Minister for Tourism, shows the government is ready to take quick and decisive action if it is needed.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum switched portfolios with Faiyaz Koya yesterday, replacing him as A-G while Mr Koya takes up the portfolios of Minister for Industry and Trade and Minister for Tourism.

In a statement, Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama said the heavy workload of Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s finance portfolio, especially in the lead-up to the budget, meant he was unable to provide a hands-on role needed by the portfolios of Industry and Trade, and Tourism.

“It goes to show that the Government led by our honourable Prime Minister is quick to react to things because we see things on the ground,” Mr Sayed Khaiyum said.

“And obviously, things like time niceties are not going to stop that so we’ve taken some very quick and decisive action.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the switching of portfolios also helped streamline some of the processes of the Bainimarama Government.

“As you know, the finance and the public service need to take about a number of reforms and the natural reforms that come about with the A-G’s chambers are very much there.

“And so it helps streamline some of the ministerial processes.”

Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama said Mr Koya was no stranger to the tourism industry.

“Faiyaz Koya will take charge of the Government’s vital export effort — a key objective of the parliamentary term — and also has a solid background in tourism as a former board member of Tourism Fiji and the Fiji Hotel Licensing Board.”

Yesterday, Mr Koya said he had experience in the tourism industry and was looking forward to returning.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the switch became effective on Sunday October 5.