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PDP's iTaukei plan

Shayal Devi
Monday, May 05, 2014

INDIGENOUS customs, traditions, institutions and values form an intrinsic part of iTaukei identity, says newly elected People's Democratic Party leader Felix Anthony.

As part of the party's manifesto, Mr Anthony said the PDP recognised the value of indigenous knowledge which cut across many different sectors and was a source of sustainable livelihood for the rural poor.

"The party will introduce policies and legislation to mainstream indigenous knowledge, protect its intellectual property and minimise the risks of foreign commercial exploitation or extinction in the face of competing global knowledge systems and technologies," he said.

He said there was also increasing pressure being placed on Fiji's physical environment including its rich biodiversity by economic globalisation, poor regulation, natural disasters and climate change.

"The party will develop a policy and regulatory framework, including an appropriate tax and subsidy regime that demonstrates its commitment to protecting the environment as the basis of sustainable livelihoods, food security, health and wellbeing of current and future generations.

"The PDP will also review all legislation governing Fiji's primary sectors to promote more sustainable development of Fiji's land and marine resources.

"Across all primary sectors, the party will promote land policies and reforms that are fair, equitable and sustainable, ensuring that they do not aggravate the problems of landlessness and rural poverty, threaten food and water security or cause environmental degradation."

One of the areas of concern for the party is exploitation of mineral resources.

The former unionist said the manifesto would also outline the party's response to this problem.

"The party will develop a policy and regulatory framework that follows best practices and global standards for responsible mining.

"It will demand greater corporate social and environmental responsibility, more revenue transparency and community consultation.

"With respect to the emerging frontier of deep seabed mining, the PDP will adopt a precautionary and socially responsible approach.

"It will place a moratorium on this activity both within and beyond territorial waters until more is known about the likely social and environmental consequences and the affected communities have been properly consulted."


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