GOVERNMENT needs to develop the work ethics and work habits of Fijians.
Speaking at the recent Investment Fiji-organised Export Awareness Seminar, US investor Jim Bandy said government needed to ensure that some things were achieved in the process of development.
Mr Bandy said the local workforce needed to be instilled with the proper work ethics and work habits to meet the expectations of foreign investors.
"This sort of development has to start at the grassroots level so that people in our rural areas can feel the advantages of foreign investments into the Fijian economy," he said.
"Government needs to develop its own people so that they are efficient workers. For instance in my case, I have services to offer but the local people who work for me are sometimes difficult to work with because they have not attained proper work ethics and habits."
Mr Bandy said the government needed to observe companies with professional work ethics and instil this in the rural population.
Investment Fiji chief executive officer Ravuni Uluilakeba said the National Employment Centre was set up for this purpose.