Fi­jiFirst Man­i­festo En­vi­sions Mod­ern Fiji

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Amod­ern Fiji has been the vi­sion of Fi­jiFirst leader Voreqe Bain­i­marama and his party’s man­i­festo is an­other ex­am­ple of how they in­tend to in­tro­duce poli­cies to take Fiji to greater heights.

Ma­jor an­nounce­ments in­clude:

■ Em­ploy­ers which cre­ate day care cen­tres at work will re­ceive tax in­cen­tives. This is es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial for young moth­ers who will be able to keep their chil­dren at their com­pa­nies’ day care cen­tres in­stead of be­ing torn be­tween be­ing a full­time mum and be­ing an in­come earner for the fam­ily;

From Jan­uary 1, if a child is in­jured in schools, their com­pen­sa­tion will be paid through the Ac­ci­dent Com­pen­sa­tion Com­mis­sion of Fiji. Sports in­juries will be cov­ered in the next three years;

Will pro­vide 24 hours and seven days a week on­line searches for land leases, ti­tles, deeds, lodge­ment and other land trans­ac­tions;

Will fa­cil­i­tate 24 hours a day and seven days a week on­line com­pany searches;

New born ba­bies’ births could be re­ported through a mo­bile phone app;

Set up on­line ser­vice for re­quests to re­print birth cer­tifi­cates;

En­able pay­ments for govern­ment ser­vices on­line;

Es­tab­lish a mi­cro-fi­nance bank to al­lows Fi­jians to ac­cess al­ter­na­tive sources of fund­ing;

While they are cur­rently pro­vid­ing sug­ar­cane farm­ers $1000 per hectare for land prepa­ra­tion and $1000 for plant­ing, they will now also pro­vide $900 per hectare for prepa­ra­tion of hilly land;

Cold stor­age fa­cil­i­ties will be set up in Si­ga­toka and Ba where veg­etable farm­ers can store their veg­eta­bles be­fore sell­ing it and not rely solely on mid­dle-men to buy off their veg­eta­bles;

Will forge stronger links be­tween veg­etable farm­ers and the tourism in­dus­try to im­prove ac­cess to more lu­cra­tive direct mar­kets;

Will re­vamp our rail net­work to re­duce cost of cane trans­porta­tion and to also carry cargo and pas­sen­gers. They will get as­sis­tance from the In­dian Govern­ment.

Mean­while, Fi­jiFirst plans to go to the poll on November 14 to re­tain the ma­jor­ity num­ber of seats and form Govern­ment.

Over the past four years, Fiji has seen a num­ber of poli­cies in­tro­duced by the rul­ing party, which many would not have thought were pos­si­ble for Fiji.

Fi­jiFirst man­i­festo states party will es­tab­lish a mi­cro­fi­nance bank to al­low Fi­jians to ac­cess al­ter­na­tive source of funds.

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

Fi­jiFirst Party gen­eral sec­re­tary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum takes a selfie with party sup­port­ers dur­ing the fam­ily fun day at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on November 10, 2018.

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

Fi­jiFirst Party leader Voreqe Bain­i­marama takes a selfie with a party sup­porter dur­ing the fam­ily fun day at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on November 10, 2018.

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