17 October, 2018, 10:13 am
AN investment of $4.5 million by the Fiji Ports Terminal Ltd this year has contributed to the improvement in efficiency levels for the ports.
FPTL board chairperson Hasmukh Patel made the statement at the announcement of bonus for the staff members of the company yesterday.
Mr Patel said the performance payout was based on the individual key performance indicators of the staff members and the payout was also a result of the enhanced and improved operations of the company.
More than 400 staff members will get a payout of more than $450,000 as part of their performance bonus for the 2017 financial year.
“We expect to have our terminal completely automated by the end of 2018 which would again result in the enhancement and greater efficiency and we are well on the way to achieve this,” said Mr Patel.
He said commencement of new shipping lines to Fiji had increased competition among all the shipping lines and freight companies and this would mean enhancement in the services being provided by the businesses.
Meanwhile Attorney-General and Minister for Public Enterprises Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said last year FPTL received two rounds of bonuses and this was a great achievement for the company.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the public private partnership with Aitken Spence had been a long-term strategy for the government and it had been a successful venture.
“There’s enormous potential that’s there for us to create jobs and also have economic prosperity.
“So that’s what we’re focused towards and that’s what we need to do. And that’s what you need to think about. So our ability to be able to through this organisation pay you the bonus, is the fact that you’ve partnered with this new way of thinking.
“And I can tell you if we contribute to modernise this company, we’re strategic about it the economic and financial benefits that you will individually get and we as a country get will be enormous.”