WITH Fiji's retirement age being lowered to 55 years and the existence of three universities, it is anticipated that Fiji will have sufficient supply of qualified labour in the market in the near future.
This was revealed by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday during the presentation of air tickets to six retired teachers who are due to leave the country later this month to work in Nauru under the Fiji Volunteer Service.
The six will be teaching various subjects such as English, Geography, Math, Technical Drawing and Social Science at primary and secondary schools in Nauru.
Commodore Bainimarama said his government supported the development of Fiji's neighbouring countries, especially in assisting their human resource needs.
"We are pleased to note that there are Fijians already working in these Pacific Island countries and are contributing positively towards enhancing the economic and social life of their host country," he said.
Commodore Bainimarama said Fiji had sufficient and proven capacity in areas of education, public administration, disaster management, peacekeeping, social protection and environment.
"My government would like to have volunteers in every part of the Pacific in the next three to five years.
"We would like to share our skills with our Pacific neighbours as part of our engagement with the Pacific commitment," said Commodore Bainimarama.
Commodore Bainimarama said Fiji was committed to assisting those who requested help as Fiji had strong links in areas of trade, investment, education, transportation, culture, people to people relationship and contacts.