A DECREE announced by government last week will see an advisory body established to represent the best interests of older persons in Fiji.
The National Council of Older Persons Decree will promote the greater integration and participation of older persons in decision-making and community affairs.
"The council will also serve as the umbrella body of all services and programs for older persons.
"Most importantly, all organisations that provide such services will need to be registered under the council," President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said.
He made the announcement while launching the National Awareness on government's 2013 Initiatives for Older Persons in Fiji.
Ratu Epeli said the intent of this awareness was to provide the public with a preview of what was in store for older persons this year.
"In my capacity as the President of the Republic of Fiji and as a member of the senior citizens, I am pleased to note that government has reaffirmed its commitment to address ageing issues in Fiji, through the recently endorsed National Ageing Policy of 2011-2015."
He said the framework had four goals that were aimed at promoting the theme of "promoting an inclusive, protective, healthy and supportive environment for older persons". He was pleased to confirm that government as part of its renewed commitment to the social protection of older persons was introducing the Social Pension Scheme (SPS) in 2013.