THE country's largest private sector organisation says Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's appointment as chair of the International Sugar Organisation is timely and appropriate.
Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation chief executive officer Nesbitt Hazelman said being given the chair was testimony to the PM's personal commitment to the sugar industry — that it was revitalised, ensuring the financial security of thousands that depended on the industry for their livelihood.
"The Prime Minister's appointment to this peak body is timely given the reforms he has personally pushed through to ensure that Fiji continues to remain competitive in this increasingly competitive industry," he said.
"Fiji has had a long and proud tradition of resilience in sugar production and the industry is considered the mainstay of our agricultural base. The industry continues to provide much needed employment and a vital source of income to Fijians in the formal and informal sectors dependent on the industry for their livelihood," he said.
Mr Hazelman said the appointment would also highlight issues faced by developing nations in trying to capture market share against developed countries with vast resources.