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UAE jobs to boost Fiji economy

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, January 26, 2013

EMPLOYMENT opportunities in the United Arab Emirates for Fijians across a number of sectors will boost the country's economy.

Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Jone Usamate said those employed in the UAE workforce would be able to send money back to their families.

"The salary in the UAE is higher. The wage level is attractive enough for other expats around the world and that should be attractive enough for us here in Fiji," Mr Usamate said.

He said 80 per cent of UAE's population consisted of foreign workers servicing international lucrative businesses. While Fiji was producing a lot of graduates from tertiary institutions every year, Mr Usamate said the move would assist in finding jobs for them.

"There is basically two things we need to do. One is to enhance employment and secondly government is reducing tax rates for companies."

He said this move would ensure the creation of jobs and economic growth in the country.

The government is also looking at encouraging soft employment and the establishment of businesses.

"To the government, employment is a key for Fiji.

"If economic growth increases then we can have a good and quality life in Fiji but growth must come with jobs.

"If we can't have the jobs here then we look for a job outside."

He said there were job openings in the UAE tourism industry, trade, security and medical professions.

Mr Usamate said earlier the first batch of tourism candidates was sent by Foreign Employment Services (FORES) to the UAE for finalisation by clients last month.


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