Fiji Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try New Logo and eGate Web­site Launch on Mon­day

In terms of the eGate web­site, Mr Fa­reed said the Cham­ber is mov­ing to­wards a cash­less so­ci­ety so they want their mem­bers to ex­pe­ri­ence a con­ve­nient and se­cure elec­tronic pay­ment sys­tem if they want to at­tend an event.

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The Fiji Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (FCCI) will be launch­ing its new logo and eGate web­site next Mon­day.

Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism Premila Ku­mar will be the chief guest, and the launch will take place at Suva’s Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel. Cham­ber vice pres­i­dent and Fi­jian Hold­ings Limited Group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nouzab Fa­reed said: “In­ter­na­tion­ally we rep­re­sented what is known as Fiji Cham­ber which looks af­ter the in­ter­est of the pri­vate sec­tor.”

The Cham­ber has be­ing in ex­is­tence for more than 35 years, so they thought its time up to change the logo.

“We had changed the logo once in the past, but now with the changes hap­pen­ing in the busi­ness world you can’t be hav­ing the same logo ev­ery day,” he said.

He said for some in busi­ness they change their logo and re­brand af­ter ev­ery 20 years.

“So for us we re­branded 10 years ago and added the word in­dus­try.” Mr Fa­reed said they are chang­ing the logo to rep­re­sent the mod­ern, cur­rent, and global busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment they are in now.

“We want to rep­re­sent what the pri­vate sec­tor is all about. Pri­vate sec­tor is the engine of growth in any coun­try. We want to rep­re­sent a pri­vate sec­tor which is mod­ern, and has state of art tech­nol­ogy.

“Fiji has got some fan­tas­tic man­u­fac­tur­ing process. If you visit a bis­cuit or a card­board fac­tory they in­vest mil­lions of ro­botic tech­nolo­gies that are al­ready there, even though we have never seen it. So we are mod­ern ac­tu­ally, and glob­ally a lot of new

in­dus­tries are com­ing now which are colour­ful and young in­dus­tries.”

He said that’s why they used a lot of colours on their new logo. “Things are chang­ing. We are chang­ing the out­look which is vis­i­ble with our new logo. It also says young en­er­getic, it also says sky is the limit, when the red colour is used it talks about labour. There are other colours be­ing used which rep­re­sents au­to­ma­tion and ro­bot­ics tech­nol­ogy.

“It’s all rep­re­sented in the logo, it has gone through sev­eral re­vi­sion be­fore we come to the fi­nal logo. The fi­nal one is colour­ful,” he said.

Hard Talk

Mean­while, dur­ing the launch, the three main reg­u­la­tors Fiji Rev­enue and Cus­toms Ser­vice, Con­sumer Coun­cil of Fiji and Fiji Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion (FCCC) and its heads will share not only what they do and what their laws says, but what hap­pened in the past 12 to 24 months and their ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mr Fa­reed said: “This in­cludes shar­ing some real case stud­ies and what are the lessons to learn from it.

“We need to be prac­ti­cal, we can’t just be sit­ting and say­ing there is a law like this and a law like that, this com­pany was fined. This is not fair so these reg­u­la­tors need to tell the truth. “Our mem­bers need to know that this com­pany breached this law and this is pun­ish­ment they get.

“We want them to be real, au­then­tic and talk about the ex­pe­ri­ences and the pur­pose is not to shame any­one but to tell the truth. We have to ac­cept our mis­takes, we can’t just sit and wait.”

The Cham­ber is ex­pect­ing 150 peo­ple from pri­vate sec­tors to at­tend this event.

eGate web­site

In terms of the eGate web­site, Mr Fa­reed said the Cham­ber is mov­ing to­wards a cash­less so­ci­ety so they want their mem­bers to ex­pe­ri­ence a con­ve­nient and se­cure elec­tronic pay­ment sys­tem if they want to at­tend an event. “We don’t want peo­ple to use cash in the fu­ture so we in­tro­duced this new pay­ment sys­tem.

“If peo­ple want to at­tend the Cham­ber’s events, we want them to pay con­ve­niently through a credit card to get through the elec­tronic gate, that’s the eGate web­site.”

He said the web­site is on­line now and mem­bers can make pay­ments to at­tend the up­com­ing launch.

“If some­one wants to come and at­tend the sem­i­nar from Nadi, they can just go to the web­site pay the fee get the clear­ance and at­tend it.”

In­vest­ment

He said there’s ex­ten­sive in­vest­ment made for these projects. The sem­i­nar is sponsored by Fi­jian Hold­ing Unit Trust and ANZ Bank.

Fu­ture plan for FCCI

Be­fore the end of the year the Cham­ber is plan­ning to have an­other pro­gramme to get more in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the govern­ment agen­cies and the pri­vate sec­tors.

“It is very im­por­tant that pri­vate sec­tors should get the op­por­tu­nity to talk to Govern­ment agen­cies and vice versa.

“What is more im­por­tant for the eco­nomic growth of this coun­try is that Govern­ment agen­cies should come and lis­ten to us.”

He said it seems it has been a one way com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“We have a lot of things to re­form in this coun­try, and its very im­por­tant FCCC should lis­ten to the pub­lic.”

He added col­lab­o­ra­tion, dis­cus­sion, and di­a­logue are very im­por­tant, and these are the things that run the coun­try.

Fiji Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try vice pres­i­dent and Fi­jian Hold­ings Limited group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nouzab Fa­reed.

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