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Scheme to change

Nasik Swami
Saturday, January 25, 2014

FIJI'S social protection system is subject to change, says Social Welfare Minister Doctor Jiko Luveni.

She said the current social protection program including the Poverty Benefit Scheme, Care and Protection Program and the Social Pension Scheme needed changes.

"I can confirm that the social protection system in Fiji has evolved over the years and is subject to further changes as we create and strengthen partnerships both locally and internationally for good practices," she said.

Dr Luveni said it was important to address the needs of the disadvantaged because of poverty circumstances.

"Government will need to continue investing in good practices to sustainably align how we manage and address poverty in Fiji."

She said social protection was a key foundation for inclusive and sustainable development.

"Well-designed social protection schemes promote opportunities for individuals and societies to build resilience against economic shocks and natural disasters."