RBF DEPUTY GOVERNOR MUST RESIGN, OTHERWISE SACKED

The Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji Arif Ali should immediately resign, failing which he should be sacked by the Reserve Bank of Fiji Board following the declaration of his blatant political bias towards the current Government and its economic policies.

Mr Arif told Fiji Broadcasting Corporation news that more important than a general election was a post-election government that does not reverse the current economic policies because it would “harm the economy and involves a lot of risk”. He added the changes that political parties are talking about were “risky”.

NFP ANNOUNCES THREE MORE CANDIDATES

The National Federation Party has today announced three more candidates to contest the 2014 General Elections under the Party’s banner, bringing to 27 the official number of candidates announced so far.

The announcement was made during a Party meeting at Ba Sangam Primary School Hall today. The meeting as attended by 60 Branch and village committee delegates.

AG AN EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-POOR STANCE

The Attorney General’s outright rejection of NFP’s commitment to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) from 15% to 10% confirms the current government’s anti-poor stance. It clear that this Government is only concerned about raking as much revenue as possible even if it means squeezing the pockets of the poor.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, while launching the Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Award, referred to NFP’s election promise to reduce VAT to 10% and mocked me saying being an “economist does not make one a good person for financial and commercial transaction”.

NFP ANNOUNCES 8 MORE CANDIDATES

A former magistrate, a women’s advocate, a renowned academic and a senior corporate executive are amongst the latest batch of 7 candidates to be endorsed by the National Federation Party to contest the September 17 general elections. The latest announcement follows 6 endorsements in Ba and Lautoka over the weekend and brings the total number of candidates endorsed by the NFP so far to 37.

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NFP ANNOUNCES THREE MORE CANDIDATES IN BA

The National Federation Party has today announced three more candidates to contest the 2014 General Elections under the Party’s banner, bringing to 27 the official number of candidates announced so far. The announcement was made during a Party meeting at Ba Sangam Primary School Hall today. The meeting as attended by 60 Branch and village committee delegates.

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AG AN EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT’S ANTI‐POOR STANCE

The Attorney General’s outright rejection of NFP’s commitment to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) from 15% to 10% confirms the current government’s anti-poor stance. It clear that this Government is only concerned about raking as much revenue as possible even if it means squeezing the pockets of the
poor.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, while launching the Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Award, referred to NFP’s election promise to reduce VAT to 10% and mocked me saying being an “economist does not make one a good person for financial and commercial transaction”. Firstly Mr Sayed-Khaiyum should not become a political commentator. He is also the Minister Responsible for Elections. This re-enforces our belief that he should quit as Elections Minister after becoming the general secretary of the Fiji First Party if he wants to indulge in politics.

NFP PRAYER

Almighty God, we your children who are assembled here, embracing as we do all the major religious faiths of this world, pray that we be granted the strength to work for the unity and welfare of all the people of this land, irrespective of race or colour or creed, and grant us the wisdom to treat and consider all matters that come before us without fear, prejudice or ill will towards anyone, so that we may all join hands to promote thy honour and glory here in our land as in the world at large.

NFP’s vision for our people’s future

The following are excerpts from Professor Prasad’s speech delivered at the NFP Convention on 29th March (continued from last week) Creating decent jobs Nowhere is the evidence of failure of government seen more clearly than through unemployment. Thousands of graduates, school leavers, and skilled people cannot find jobs. This is because there has been no growth in manufacturing and agriculture sector. The National Employment Centre tells us that out of 26,000 that registered as jobseekers between 2010 and 2012, only 4,000 found jobs. More recently the figure registered at the NEC has risen to 30,000 and of these 1,000 are University graduates.