Raising Productivity is Everyone’s Responsibility, says Cawaru
Fiji, now more than ever, recognises the importance of productivity.
And this is reflected in the fact at an early stage, Fiji sought membership of Asian Productivity Organisation (APO) to engage with the accomplished economies of Asia in learning exchanges and learning engagements.
This was highlighted during the Fiji National University’s (FNU) National Training & Productivity
Centre (NTPC) workshop on Advanced Strategic Management for Enhancing Productivity.
The workshop is currently beingheld at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi. It ends on Friday. Asian Productivity Organisation assisted with Fiji’s first ever National Productivity Master Plan which was launched in June. The focus is on the strengthening of the workforce, investing in new technologies and boosting Productivity in Fiji.
At the workshop the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Osea Cawaru said: “If we are to improve our quality of life, each one of us, every worker, business, industry and government must be committed to the same common goal.
“Increase in productivity would mean advances in technology, improvement in skills of labour, changing management mindsets, improving training and education standards.
“Fair and transparent competition markets and cultural factors such as attitudes of the workers.” Mr Cawaru added these factors highly depends on the country’s infrastructure, openness to trade markets and global components, willingness of business to adopt new production technologies, process innovation and training/ development programmes.
Mr Cawaru added as members of the Asian Productivity Organisation, they are confident, that given the commitment, productivity would improve considerably in the region.
The National Productivity Master Plan has been set to complement the National Development Plan strategies, to assist government in its effort to raise Productivity, thus raising the standard of living for all Fijians.
Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Osea Cawaru (sitting centre with garland) with delegates of the Fiji National University’s (FNU) National Training & Productivity Centre (NTPC) workshop on Advanced Strategic Management for Enhancing Productivity, at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi on August 12, 2019.