“Just as the profile and significance of the infantryman in the history of the Fiji Military Forces, shifted toward the engineers and the navy in the early 1970s before the advent of United Nations peacekeeping in Fiji, the profile of heroes in international and national considerations are shifting from military figures to industrialists, new inventors, successful businessmen and professional sportsmen and sportswomen. Many of these new-era heroes are very ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.
Many do not even get recognised by national awards or honours but their contributions are widely felt and appreciated by those whose lives were touched by their deeds and accomplishments, some materially and some emotionally. In Fiji, some of these men who could easily be labelled as heroes have been subjected to government ridicule and abuse.
A company that has become a national icon Fiji Water has been scrutinised and while under restrictive scrutiny, has been subjected to more examination in the name of transparency and conformity.
A successful businessman who sacrificed a lot of time and expertise to bring up a newly privatised government-owned enterprise was stripped of his position amid allegations of malpractice, even criminal practices.
Another had many barriers placed on him to curb his activities (and profits?) in the interest of consumers’.
Our country needs jobs in the private sector. Our business community in Fiji create jobs as they grow. The economy of the United States of America in the past 35 years created 57 million new jobs. At the same time, Europe, with a combined GDP similar to the US alone, created only four million.
Laws and regulations in Europe make investment costly. They have very few tax incentives and employment laws similar to the promulgated ones in Fiji make it very costly for companies to lay people off, even for non performance. they are even considering whether it will be worthwhile to employ people or reduce their labour force and increase mechanisation.
While people are crying out against increasing prices and loss of jobs, it would be a good time for the government to reassess its focus from cutting down tall poppies to job creation incentives rather than disincentives that seem to be their modus operandi”.
(Sitiveni L. Rabuka From todays Sunday Times)
Its a short clear message Vore and Snake. Go pick up a dictionary and read what the word “enterprise” means or better still an MBA text on “enterprise”