Forum MCG Meeting, Text 01, FNPF Loss, Typhoid, Charter, Church-State and Chiefs
(G) PM'S 01 TEXT SERVICE a HIT.So far 237 queries have been received from the public on the Prime Minister's 01 text service. Most queries and complaints were about water supply, the time police took to process cases. and road conditions. Agencies are given 24 hours to responde or take action, and if they don't a message is sent to the respective permanent secretary. Condensed from Ministry of Information release. photo:mediabistro.com
"It's the PM's eyes and ears on the ground,"says Personal Staff Officer PMO, Capt Rokoura, adding that the 01 unit "is essentially a command, monitoring, coordinating unit. We monitor, we coordinate, and we direct, that's why it's effective." The public can also email the PM at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY THE FNPF LOSS? The Fiji National Provident Fund has announced a net loss of $181.15 million for the 2009 financial year http://www.fijilive.com/news_new/index.php/news/show_news/26033 saying it would have recorded a net surplus of $146.49 million if it had not been for the fund’s recently announced $320 million write off.
TOURISM AND TYPHOID. Tourism Fiji chairman Patrick Wong said there is "no cause for alarm [for tourists] at this stage as the typhoid outbreak is confined to Navosa only and the Ministry is closely monitoring the situation." No new cases have been reported in the area but there are previously unreported cases in Wainunu, Bua province, in Fiji's other "big" island, Vanua Levu.
EMPLOYERS SAY FNPF UNREASONABLE. The Fiji National Provident Fund is going too far in trying to recover $7.65million in contributions owed by employers says the Fiji Employers Federation.[I'd be interested to know if readers agree.]
OFF-SHORE DEBT THREAT TO ECONOMY.The IMF thinks the US$150m debt taken out by the Qarase government will be difficult to repay next year unless GDP and export growth improve, and this needs economic reforms that may not go down well with the public.
CAKAUDROVE, REWA AND THE CHARTER. Cakaudrove Provincial Council reports that it will decide soon on whether to support the People's Charter. Rewa has yet to decide whether to discuss the matter. Many provinces now support the Charter. Government says it respects their deicision but the PM previously warned those who do not support the work of government to step aside and not try to stand in its way.
STATE-CHURCH RELATIONS AND THE GREAT COUNCIL OF CHIEFS. Scroll down to new Na Sala Cava questions on these topics. For earlier topics, click on the link to our companion blog in the left column.