Ministry reminds staff of need to meet new challenges

Minister for Employment Parveen Kumar with his PS Osea Cawaru and some of their staff members. Picture: SUPPLIED

MINISTER for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Parveen Kumar has reminded his staff of the need to meet new challenges and to regard them as opportunities.

He conveyed this message while addressing his team during the launch of the Ministry’s ‘Costed Operational Plan FY 2019-2020’.

“Refusing to change and modernise as a ministry is not an option. Government is committed to meeting this changing environment head-on,” Mr Kumar said.

He said while the costed OPS may be new, it was premised on the existing commitment of the ministry to retain ambitious targets throughout the 2019-2020 planning period to respond to urgent challenges and sustained demand for effective labour markets.

“Whilst we are well underway within the first quarter, we are entering the most challenging phase of the Plan: implementation.

“May I also remind you of our responsibilities under the five-year and 20-year National Development Plan that Government has called for us to shoulder to reach the target as set – Reducing unemployment by less than 4 per cent by 2021.”

He said a well-educated, well-trained, motivated workforce not only drove personal and community prosperity, it also made Fiji a good place to do business and attracts inward investment.

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