Rais­ing Pro­duc­tiv­ity is Ev­ery­one’s Re­spon­si­bil­ity, says Cawaru

Fiji Sun - - Business - WAISEA NASOKIA

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.

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

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.

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