Employment

Government aims to create 40,000-50,000 direct jobs

The Government is aiming to create  40,000-50,000 direct employment opportunities through the ICT and other value adding sectors. Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya made these remarks during his visit to the Mindpearl Call Centre yesterday. A recent report by the World Bank Report titled, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Jobs […]

Salote Qalubau

August 9, 2016 11:15 am

The Government is aiming to create  40,000-50,000 direct employment opportunities through the ICT and other value adding sectors.

Minister Koya at the Mindpearl call centre
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya during his visit to the Mindpearl Call Centre yesterday. (DEPTFO)

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya made these remarks during his visit to the Mindpearl Call Centre yesterday.

A recent report by the World Bank Report titled, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Jobs in the Pacific (December, 2015), indicates that 10,000 jobs could be created between Fiji, Samoa and Tonga with optimistic scenarios increasing that number to 27,000, representing 3 percent of Gross Domestic Product.

Mr Koya said international companies such as Mindpearl had created employment opportunities for first time job-seekers with approximately 1,200 young Fijians  employed by the company within a short time span.

KOYA: “These figures are supported by the findings contained in the recently completed World Bank Report and is also demonstrated by the robust ICT investments that Fiji has managed to attract over the last 10 years. The Fijian Government will develop a manufacturing and services zone in the Western Division, which will focus on the ICT and light manufacturing industries.”

He added that there was potential to increase the initial figures  of 3,000 direct jobs created through the outsourcing operations of ANZ Suva Hub, Centrecom, Packleader and Mindpearl to more than 15,000 people once the international business park being developed by Lyndhurst and the Government’s Manufacturing and Services Zone are fully operational in the next few years.

KOYA: “Preparatory work for this zone is already underway. This project will build on the successes achieved by the international companies based at the Kalabu Tax Free Zone and elsewhere in Fiji.”

Meanwhile Mindpearl, Suva General Manager Ingo Schulz said Fiji was a country that contained vast potential for obtaining overseas online and customer services.

SHULZ: “Fiji is a country with a strong potential for outsourcing online and customer-oriented services.The findings demonstrate many of the key reasons we opened operations in Fiji six years ago—friendly and customer-oriented people and a compelling cost advantage.”

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