March 26, 2011

The Sugar vs Tourism Spat

Illegal and treasonous (and non-meritoriously appointed) Permanent Secretaries of Tourism and Sugar have gottten personal and taken their territorial "I'm bigger than you (nah-nah-nah-nah-nah)" spat to the public domain.

It is an apparent display of juvenile shamelessness  to score their various "teachers pet" approval.

Elizabeth Powell, BFF to Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum picked a fight to back her self-promotion with this statement:
Tourism may replace sugar as economic backbone
Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Tourism Industry could surpass the Sugar Industry to become the backbone of Fiji’s economy says the permanent secretary for Tourism, Elizabeth Powell.

The two industries have been major players in Fiji’s economy over the past decades but the sugar industry has been severely disrupted with mill upgrade failures and low production.

Tourism provides employment directly and indirectly to approximately 63,000 people or 25% of total employment - and in 10 years its contribution to Fiji’s GDP is expected to approach 40%.

Powell says this trend expected to continue.

“Tourism is definitely going to be a major component of Fiji’s economy and a major employer for our people well into the future. Whether or not it surpasses the contribution of sugar and when that may happen, it is possible although we need to be sure that we maintain as much diversity in our economy as we can.”

Questions have been raised on the livelihood of the over 200,000 people who depend on the sugar industry - with government allocating $123m this year for its revival.

Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says a significant number of people rely on sugar for their livelihood and government will do all it can to ensure the industry survives.

Report by: Roland Koroi

Col Manasa Vaniqi, an inner circle member of Bainimarama, in an attempt not to be outshone reciprocated with his response:
Fiji sugar is here to stay: Vaniqi
Friday, March 25, 2011

The Sugar industry has been around for more then 100 years and is here to stay says Sugar Ministry Permanent Secretary – Manasa Vaniqi.

Vaniqi was responding to suggestions that the industry may be replaced as the backbone of Fiji’s economy.

“But we need to go back to the history – sugar has been the backbone of the economy and for your information there is not a single industry even now that rakes in millions like sugar. When we talk about tourism with all due respect – but the dollar retention value practically - quite a lot are still going overseas. But for sugar it’s all dollar returns. We are putting in place the necessary mechanisms and on top of that the Prime Minister has said that sugar is here to stay so we will see that it is here to stay.”

Government has set aside $123m for the revival of the sugar industry in this year’s budget.

Report by: Ritika Pratap


whiskey dry said...

Dont believe any thing they say. they are just making up the figures. if you want to check the figures you risk life and limb. they can pull any data out of thin air but they are all lies. they cant be verified objectively and transparently. what really worries me is how much longer before the money runs dry and they cant run the administration.

Anonymous said...

Hurray!!! Halleluah!!!!!! dictator Bainimaraa has been prevented stealing the thunder of victory for propaganda had Fiji won the Hong Kong Sevens

On one side I feel for
the seven players and ordinary rugby fans when we lost to NZ sevens team in HK

But on the other side am thrilled in Fiji being thumped by NZ robbing dictator Voreqe the opportunity of exploiting the win to foster positive implications on his illegal administration.

Being the stupid idiot he is, Voreqe will spin the win in HK to be due to his policies and he would bathe in glory and be pumped up over it. Good he went over to HK to be drowned in sorrow on site……(he must have wasted heaps of our our Fiji Dollars)

The political, economic and social environment in Fiji and life in general are gloomy and suppressive that people find it hard to excel in every thing they do including rugby in particular.

Part of the solution is to get rid of Voreqe and his gang of thieves to make all of us happy again, so that we can do well what we normally do best.

Anonymous said...

Did you know that Manasa Vaniqi along with Kurusiga were part of the soldiers who took part in the first coup of 1987?
Well now you know.


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Anonymous said...

From FDN 17 Apr 2011:

It’s official! Frank’s a dictator!
April 12, 2011 by Fiji Democracy Now
Folks, we can only assume the censors were asleep on the job because a major feature article in the Fiji Times referred to our self-appointed leader TWICE as being a “dictator”. The article, a profile on the emerging rugby star, Henry Speight, was reprinted by the FT from the Canberra Times. Speight plays for Canberra’s Brumbies. There’s a link below to the FT but in case the story gets taken down, you can still read it at the link to Fiji freedom blog, Coup Four And A Half. No doubt for some in Fiji it may have come as a shock to discover that mainstream regional media refer to Bainimarama as a dictator, not just the blogs. And why do they give him that tag? Simple. He IS a dictator!

Fiji Times 11 April 2011: The Speight effect

Coup Four And A Half 11 April 2011: Rugby player reveals toll of being of a Speight