MOU to boost labour analysis

MANY new learnings and practices can be home-grown or re-engineered to suit our needs and be classified and labelled as locally-made.

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate said this at the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Fiji National University in Nasinu last week.

Mr Usamate said this opportunity would greatly benefit society.

“I am excited about such new learning opportunities plus the socioeconomic value and benefits that we can forge together to give to society,” Mr Usamate said.

“What better place to start and multiply this research and development culture than through our own national university.”

The MOU is on research collaboration and information exchange for pursuing national development goals and Mr Usamate is hoping this will increase the number of research analysis conducted.

“Through this MOU I expect to see an increase in the number of labour market research analysis undertaken for Fiji,” Mr Usamate said.

FNU’s vice chancellor Professor Nigel Healey acknowledged the ministry’s positive response towards this collaboration and said this would enable FNU to address key research questions.

“Nonetheless, it is clear that the ministry has access to hugely valuable secondary data that could help researchers at FNU address questions like the future demand for skilled labour, and in doing so assist the ministry itself to plan for the future,” Prof Healey said.

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