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Free, fair election to boost economy

Shalveen Chand
Monday, August 25, 2014

A FREE and fair general election on September 17 will help the economy move forward, says the One Fiji Party.

Party leader Filimoni Vosarogo said investors felt more comfortable and confident dealing with democratic governments.

"The economy in the past eight years, I could say percentage wise, has not been doing too well. But not only that, we have not been living up to our potential, our true economic potential as a country," he said.

"You know I talk about private investors, the need for private investors to come and invest in Fiji even those in Fiji to invest and for that to happen we have to create a climate of confidence for investment.

"In the launching of the party, I made a very strong stand. In order for private investment to be encouraged, decrees that restrict the rights of people from accessing the courts have to go. They have to go."

Mr Vosarogo said democratic governments would also allow for more transparent and accountable investments.

"The overall political environment of the nation has to be good. The general election of 2014 is so important because investors are looking forward to that," he said.

"The elections go well, we return the country to parliamentary democracy, the expectation of investors ... once we go back to parliamentary democracy, things start rolling.

"You create the environment for investors to come in, so that's a key thing for us, making sure that you have right environment for investments.

"We have to boost exports and as much as possible we are going to have to reduce our import bills."

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