Lau­toka Cham­ber of Com­merce hopes sub­mis­sion will be con­sid­ered

Fiji Sun - - Business - CHRIS­TINE NIKOLA

The Lau­toka Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try made its sub­mis­sion on the 2017 Na­tional Bud­get the past week dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tions held in the West. How­ever, Pres­i­dent Pyara Singh, said they do not want to re­veal the sub­mis­sions they made and will await the bud­get an­nounce­ment to see if their sub­mis­sions are heard. Mr Singh said they are hope­ful the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, will con­sider their sub­mis­sions. “The con­sul­ta­tions had a very good turnout on Satur­day in Natabua. Also it was the first con­sul­ta­tion of that na­ture that was held in the Western Di­vi­sion,” he said.

“Usu­ally th­ese types of con­sul­ta­tions are done in Suva. So it was a good op­por­tu­nity for the peo­ple of the West to make their in­di­vid­ual sub­mis­sions also.”

Re­fer­ring to ear­lier re­ports by the Fiji Sun on Govern­ment’s aim to make hous­ing more af­ford­able for peo­ple, Mr Singh wel­comed this move say­ing more peo­ple will be able to own homes. Mr Singh wel­comed the VAT re­duc­tion from 15 per cent to nine per cent and said they hoped this will re­main in the 2017 Na­tional Bud­get.

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