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New policy to let everyone choose their employment

The Minister of Employment and Industrial Relations, Hon. Semi Koroilavesau told parliament about the programmes being undertaken by the National Employment Centre (NEC) under his ministry to address unemployment in Fiji. Minister Koroilavesau said the policy will allow the unemployed to choose freely their choice of employment. This policy allows the unemployed to choose freely […]

Peni Shute

February 13, 2016 10:43 am

The Minister of Employment and Industrial Relations, Hon. Semi Koroilavesau told parliament about the programmes being undertaken by the National Employment Centre (NEC) under his ministry to address unemployment in Fiji.

Minister Koroilavesau said the policy will allow the unemployed to choose freely their choice of employment.

This policy allows the unemployed to choose freely their employment preferences, whether to join a formal employment service or self-employment service, foreign employment service or to become a volunteer including being a professional sports person.

First to enhance the employability of the unemployed and secondly to create employment for the unemployed. Madam Speaker for the first time, the Fijian Government through NEC has captured the real time data of the unemployed population in Fiji and this important data, the Fijian Government is formulating a strategy to address the issues of unemployment.

Koroilavesau said the new policy is developed to target the most disadvantaged in the rural settings of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu and the maritime islands such as in the Lau group, Rotuma, Beqa, Lomaiviti group, Cikobia Island, Qamea, Yacata and the Yawasa Islands.

Madam Speaker this year the ministry is developing and formulating a national employment policy to map out and enhance policies and institutions will agree to better understand the evolving dynamics of the employment and labour markets and to develop policy prescriptions to improve policy labour market outcomes in Fiji.

Minister Koroilavesau said with Fijians travelling abroad to New Zealand and Australia for the seasonal workers scheme will gain knowledge from their work and stay in the various sectors they are in. The Minister added the workers will also return to Fiji with savings that will enable them to create a multiplying effect by starting up small businesses and farms that can be developed to employ others.

Minister Koroilavesau said he was awaiting the arrival of the Minister for Tourism and Industry and Trade Hon. Faiyaz Koya, from abroad to further discuss a memorandum of understanding on the probability of ways to provide assistance.

The minister revealed in Parliament that an MOU will also be signed next week with the Australian government that will open more doors for seasonal workers.

Opposition parliamentarian Hon. Viliame Gavoka spoke on behalf of the opposition saying that Australia prefers Islanders then backpackers and the issue being debated in the Australian Parliament in Canberra and if it is passed he said, Fiji will benefit in a great way.

The National Employment Centre was established in 2010 under the NEC Decree of 2009.

According to the National Employment Centre (NEC) for the past five years until December 31 last year, the total number of job seekers in Fiji is 48,868 persons.

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