INVESTMENT Fiji is optimistic that it will achieve its target to create about 4000 jobs in Fiji by year-end through the implementation of investment projects in the country.
The government's marketing arm, for the period of January to September this year, recorded 2120 jobs from the 340 projects implemented.
This year, IF chief executive officer Ravuni Uluilakeba said employment level had increased in the foreign investment registration certificate (FIRC) received when compared to the target of 2250 applications to be received this year.
However, in terms of employment created through implementation of all projects captured in 2012, it has increased by 7 per cent when compared with 2011 employment trend.
"We have three more months down the road to work on the target of about 4000 in employment for this year. We are hitting more than half of that already. I'm sure we'll either hit or even go beyond the employment target of about 4000 to the end of the year," Mr Uluilakeba said.
He said Fiji as a whole was positive in the number and values of investments.
Mr Uluilakeba said any top three sectors — tourism, agriculture and manufacturing — would be the key drivers to hitting the job target.