Pursue excellence in transforming Fiji

From left - Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) president Finau Nagera, FIA congress organising committee chairperson Rajeshwar Singh and President Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote after the opening of the 46th annual FIA congress. Picture: FILIPE NAIGULEVU

ACCOUNTANTS and local entrepreneurs have been urged to pursue excellence in transforming Fiji into a forward-thinking nation.
President Major-General Jioji Konrote made the call to participants of the 46th annual Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) congress which began this morning at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa.
Mr Konrote however said this excellence must be based on good governance and sound developmental policies that embraces inclusivity, green growth, and sustainable development.
“”The theme for the congress is “Growth through Synergy – Collaboration, Innovation and Resilience,” Mr Konrote said.
“This is a very fitting theme especially at a time when the Fijian economy is expanding progressively and consistently.
“Our infrastructure and institutions are improving, there is increasing digital connectivity and availability of advanced technology, and we have an unprecedented standing in the international arena.”
Mr Konrote said these positive developments, as outlined in the Fijian Government’s 5-year and 20-year National Development Plan, provided a sound platform for a progressive modernisation of Fiji’s economy.
“To continue to develop these achievements we need to align ourselves to the National Development Plan to position Fiji as the hub of economic activity and regional engagement in the Pacific,” he said.
“There is potential that is yet to be realised and it can only be possible through our collaborated efforts, through new and innovative approaches and building a more resilient economy.”
FIA president Finau Nagera acknowledged Mr Konrote’s present, who was the first head of state to attend an FIA congress in its 46-year history.
About 400 delegates representing the local and regional accounting fraternity and representatives from various sectors in Fiji are attending the congress.