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Managing productivity

Monika Singh
Friday, March 09, 2018

THE need for Fiji to move toward a new approach and direction in managing productivity was stressed upon at the Better Business Conference held by the Fiji National University at the Holiday Inn Suva yesterday.

FNU vice-chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said the better business conference this year had a theme "sustainable productivity" and continued to be an important source of premium business prescription and a forum for sharing best practices and current industry benchmarks.

Prof Healey said being a small island nation Fiji relied on a few commodities for export and competed with bigger countries with very low cost structures and higher productivity.

He said initiatives had been put in place by the government to promote productivity and instil excellence in the public service sector.

"We are competing with other countries supplying the same products. Because we have to compete equally, we must compete not only in prices but also in quality.

"Therefore having a sustainable productivity must be our top priority," he said.

FNU's National Training and Productivity Centre director Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata said business entities in Fiji needed to take advantage of opportunities before them by being proactive rather than passive, using disruptive thinking to change the industrial structure where they operated, always challenging the status quo, and delivering better products and services.

Dr Tagicakiverata said for the NTPC, raising sustainable productivity was a key focus area aimed at helping industries gear up to meet the challenges faced within and outside the region.

He said Fiji had entered a new phase of economic development and to adapt and compete effectively in today's globalised digital economy, local enterprises had to adopt differentiated growth strategies.

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