Workforce transformation

The theme for the FHRI convention this year is “Workforce transformation – Step up and be business focused”. Picture: FHRI

This pandemic has brought about significant changes and transforming the way business is done is one of them.

This year’s BSP Life 2021 FHRI annual convention, that starts today, carries the theme “Workforce transformation – Step up and be business focused”, which according to the Fiji Human Resource Institute president Kameli Batiweti, is a fitting theme.

Mr Batiweti said New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr was the chief guest at the convention, being held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa in Nadi today and tomorrow.

“We have a good line up of speakers who will speak on issues ranging from mental health, domestic violence and its impact at workplaces, employment contracts, future of human resources in future, to name a few,” he said.

Mr Batiweti said mental health and domestic violence were two major issues that were affecting business and production to some extent.

He said they were grateful for the organisations such as the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement for highlighting these issues.

“Like I said before this pandemic has brought changes to the way business is done and we all have to adapt to these changes or we would not be able to sustain our businesses.

“It is going to take about 18-30 months for business to recover and get back to normal.”

Reserve Bank of Fiji governor Ariff Ali is the first speaker for the day and will give a snapshot of the economy and an economic forecast beyond 2022.

BSP Life managing director Michael Nacola will also speak at the convention. About 200 delegates are expected to attend the convention this year.

Day one speakers

  • Reserve Bank of Fiji governor and board chairman Ariff Ali will give a snapshot of Fiji’s Economy
  • Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation CEO and FHRI president Kameli Batiweti will speak on “Leading Change: Why Businesses Need To Change”
  • CIPM Sri Lanka past president Professor Ajantha Dharmasiri speaks on “Fed HR Competencies – Enhancing Both Efficiency and Effectiveness”
  • AHRI CEO Sarah McCann Bartlett will speak on “COVID-19 and the Future of Australian Workplaces”
  • George Kotobalavu, head of distribution, BSP Life will shed light on “Increasing Financial Wellness Into the Future”
  • Vigneshwaran Nair, head of products and presales, TFL will talk on “The Future of Work: Transforming Human Resources through Technology”
  • Jenny Seeto will be a convener on a panel discussion on “Employment Contracts”
  • Gordon Penfold, executive general manager, I.T, Fiji Airways has a session on “Emotional Intelligence vs Emotional Agility”
  • Ashwin Raj, director Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission will speak on “Businesses and Human Rights Obligations”
  • Ravinesh Krishna, vice president FHRI & Lilika Fusimalohi, program coordinator, IFC Gender and Economic will present results of the IFC/FHRI Collaboration Results Of The Rakorako, Promoting Respectful And Resilient Workplaces In Fiji

Day 2 speakers

  • Brent Hill, CEO, Tourism Fiji has a session on “COVID Protocols in the Tourism Industry”
  • Rajeshwar Singh, CFO/ GM Corporate Services, BSP will speak on “Culture & Governance Are Not Measureable – Therefore Difficult For Managers But Crucial For The Future”
  • A session on “Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace” will be convened by Selina Kuruleca, Psychotherapist, Principal Kuruleca Consultants.

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