There must be private sector involvement in the social economy sector.
That was the call of Attorney General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during his address at the 26th Joint Forum of the Fiji Australia Business Council and the Australia Fiji Business Council in Sigatoka yesterday.
“Today in Fiji we have people who normally go to public health systems can now see private GPs and get consultations which means there is less pressure on the public health center and that there are fewer queues,” he said.
“It’s quite big and now we have around 42 GPs taking part.
“The point I want to make is that I think it’s extremely important for the corporate sector to have a huge stake in this space.”
He said that apart from the health sector, the business sector could also invest in the prevention of domestic violence.
“If the majority of the people at that resort are women who make your beds, serve you, and if they get fucked up the night before and come to work, then their level of productivity will be affected.
“There will be high absenteeism because they got roughed up the night before. Generally, women are more abused in a domestic violence scenario.
“So it’s extremely important that you can’t have a ‘hands-off’ approach.”
He said that from a business point of view, it is in the interest of every legal person to get involved in preventing such social problems.
“You have to be aware of that. You need to be able to enforce this and implement and contribute to these policies in the workplace.
“We see a lack of private sector contribution in many of these social aspects of the economy.”