PM: Kumar to improve links

NEWLY-appointed Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Premila Kumar will use experience gained in her former role as Consumer Council of Fiji CEO to improve links between consumers, the private sector and Government.

This was the message from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to business leaders at the 2018 Prime Minister’s International Business Awards in Nadi on Saturday night.

“Minister Kumar has been a mediator between businesses and Fijian consumers for over a decade, as I’m sure many of you know,” he said.

“If you’ve worked with her in the past, you know she has business savvy and a wealth of knowledge and experience that spans industries across the country. ”

And she’ll be our point person in Government to help make sure Fijian businesses can succeed, while consumers are protected and the high Fijian brand of quality is upheld across the marketplace.

“She and I, along with our honourable Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, all recognise that an economy is driven forward by the energy, ambition and expertise of the private sector, together with a productive and well-compensated workforce, alongside the gentle influence of a forward-thinking Government.”

Mr Bainimarama added that in was critical the private sector worked with Government to continue the development that has taken place since 2014.

“It’s important that we — as businesses and government — remain close partners, it is important we work together to sustain and create new and better employment opportunities, as it is equally important that we share priorities for our economic development.”

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