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Big role for FCEF

Manasa Kalouniviti
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

THE Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF) officially received the presidency of the MBA4 Climate (Marakech Business Action for Climate) Declaration, now known as the Fiji Declaration, together with the COP 23 presidency in Bonn, Germany last November.

Deputy chairman of Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council (FBDRC) and FCEF board member Leonard Chan, who was present in Bonn during the handover, yesterday officially handed over the Fiji Declaration to senior officials of FCEF.

"It's a historic event for Fiji and for the federation itself. Fiji being such a small island nation taking over such a big role, it just shows the calibre of the people that we have and it complements the COP 23 presidency that we've taken over," Mr Chan said during the handover.

"The key challenge is to move this declaration forward from the benchmark set up by Morocco during COP 22," he said.

Mr Chan said the key for the private sector and the FCEF was to forge a sustainable relationship with all stakeholders, Government, the private sectors, the NGOs, and to create an enabling environment where these objectives can be met.

FCEF immediate past president, Himen Chandra, on receiving the document said it was a proud moment for Fiji and FCEF.

"It's a big step for both the federation and Fiji and it's a big step for our member employers to be part of the program.

"I thank Morocco for holding the declaration on behalf of global employers during their COP 22 leadership and I'm proud that it's been passed on to us now," Mr Chandra said.

He thanked Mr Chan and the FBDRC for representing the FCEF in Bonn.

Meanwhile, federation CEO Nesbitt Hazelman said it was his responsibility to operationalise the Fiji Document.

"It's not an easy task with FCEF being a small organisation but I think we are leaders when it comes to regional development in terms of the private sector and that will be our aim," he said.

Mr Hazelman said they would be putting in full time staff to help manage not only this program but disaster risk in this country from the private sector's point of view.

The MBA4 Climate presidency would run in conjunction with the COP 23 presidency which Fiji acquired in November 2017.

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