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What the politicians say

Nasik Swami
Saturday, May 31, 2014

SODELPA senior executive Mere Samisoni

FIJI'S economy cannot grow in a stable and sustainable manner to address unemployment of youth and alleviate poverty, if the environment, context and economy are based on uncertainties that are not managed.

This is the view of SODELPA senior executive member Dr Mere Samisoni.

Dr Samisoni says they will focus on fundamental principles to address unemployment. These include:

* Equality and dignity of individuals as fellow citizens;

* Equality and dignity of all religions and religious denominations; and

* Media to keep those who exercise the government, legislative and judicial power of the state fully accountable to the people.

Independent candidate Roshika Deo

FEMINIST politician Roshika Deo says with the steadily rising unemployment rate, youths have the solution to the problem.

Ms Deo says if she wins the election, she would focus on entrepreneurship to provide solutions to those who are unemployed.

She intends to address unemployment through:

* Agricultural production;

* Increased accessibility through rights-based labour laws;

* Revising the education system so it focuses on skills and knowledge that add value in the current labour market and is responsive to emerging issues; and

* Listen to the youths and the unemployed to understand their realities and establish new ideas.

PDP general secretary Aman Ravindra Singh

THE two things that are certain and correct about the Tebbutt- Times poll is that the major issue which concerns most Fijians is unemployment, says PDP general secretary Aman Ravindra Singh.

Mr Singh said the high unemployment rate showed the government's failure to look after ordinary Fijians.

Mr Singh said PDP would tackle unemployment by implementing the following:

* Introduce laws that are in line with international labour principles;

* Give high priority to the promotion of rural employment; and

* Give high priority to increased productivity and income through the informal sector.

NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad

THE NFP believes a high unemployment rate represents a failure of the economy.

Party leader Professor Biman Prasad claims unemployment rates are high as weak economic growth, poor quality of growth and slow recovery after the 2006 coup were major hindrances in creating more jobs.

Some polices NFP intends to implement are:

* Productive employment should be the key focus of economic policy;

* Drive reforms such as tariff reforms, labour market policies, national competition policies and tax reform; and

* Create policies towards growth that is concentrated in employment intensive sectors.

FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry

LABOUR leader Mahendra Chaudhry claims unemployment is a critical social issue in Fiji.

He believes reliable statistics are not available. He claims about 20,000 young people enter the job market annually and a high number are unable to find suitable work.

FLP will focus on various factors that contribute to the high unemployment rate. These include:

* Job opportunities arise naturally in a buoyant economic environment;

* An investment climate is needed to boost investor confidence; and

* Confidence will follow the restoration of democracy and the rule of law, good governance and a stable political climate.

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