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Academic chases dream

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, June 26, 2014

UNIVERSITY academic Dr Rohit Kishore resigned from his post as the administrator of Fiji National University's MBA Centre so he could pursue his political goal of helping the nation.

Unlike another academic who will be contesting the election, Dr Kishore was told he could not be given a similar leave because the side he had chosen to stand with was "not the right one".

But this has made him more determined.

"The reason I have joined the FLP is that FLP, with a post election coalition with SODELPA, will make a very good government.

"A government that can deliver for Fiji and its people and bring about the changes that is very much needed, eradicate poverty, bring the cost of living down," said Dr Kishore.

"One area that we will target to help grow the economy is to look at our middle sector, the manufacturing sector, value adding. In Fiji, we have a lot of raw materials like gold, timber, and other things which we export as raw materials and then bring it back into our country at a more expensive price.

"Our processing industry needs a lot of attention, this is one of the things in our manifesto which is to make the middle sector stronger and add value to the economy.

"As you know, people are very quiet when we talk to them. They are scared, they have families but when we talk to them, there is support out there for Labour.

"A government has to be open and not controlled by one or two people, that is the major problem with this government. Line ministries have to be independent. We have permanent secretaries, the people with expertise in the fields they look after, and they are the ones that should be leading their line ministries and working.

"And this is what is lacking. It's a very controlled government. We have one or two people calling the shots and other people listening to them."

Dr Kishore is also adamant that the post election coalition of FLP and SODELPA will be the way to provide a solution for land issues.

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