THERE is a need for a spare parts industry association, says Attorney-General and Trade and Commerce Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
And Mr Sayed-Khaiyum thinks the association should be formed soon.
He raised the issue during his visit to the Dai-ichi Auto House in Raiwaqa, Suva on Saturday.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said by having an association and particular standards and requirements for those who want to become members, spare parts businesses would then create an industry or an association that was more responsive.
He said the association could bargain with government and sit down to map out a way forward in terms of spare parts issues.
"We want a lot more robust discussions and I know that organisations like the Consumer Council of Fiji, the Commerce Commission have been interested in the spare parts industry," he said. "But as a government, we believe that many of these issues can be resolved without necessarily the intervention of such third parties."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said if the industry and stakeholders were able to work with government, then they would be able to have an unregulated and competitive, market.