Focus areas for budget – Basic needs, jobs, investment

Fiji Taxi Association general secretary Ashwin Lal with Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the 2022/2023 Pre-Budget consultations in Lautoka. Picture: REPEKA NASIKO

Government’s aim with the upcoming 2022-2023 National Budget is to ensure Fijians’ basic needs are met, jobs are created and investment continued in key areas.

While speaking at a 2022-2023 pre-budget consultation in Lautoka on Tuesday, Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Government’s aim with the budget was to ensure that Fijians continued to have access to basic food and services.

“As a government we not only think short term, we have to think long term,” he said.

“We have to create jobs.

“Today, 70 per cent of the Fijian population is below the age of 40.

“That means there will be lots of young people so what is our policies that we have in our medical services and education. “So strategically we have to think long term.

“We need to carry out a responsible budget.”

He said their developments were also socio-economically inclusive. “We have to ensure that we continue to invest in education, bus services, infrastructure development and connectivity.

“We cannot only think about the majority. “We have to think about the disabled, the children, rural pregnant women, people in the maritime areas and the elderly.

“This is what we call inclusive development.” He said the increase in the minimum wage rate was an important policy that would assist ordinary Fijians.

More Stories