What is the Roadmap?
A reader asks what is the Roadmap? He'd searched the web on Fiji but found no reference to any such document. A recent issue of Fiji Focus written for the general public by Permanent Secretary of Information, Sharon Smith Johns, provides an explanation and a quick introduction.
This blog has published 78 items that concern parts of the Roadmap. Scroll down left side bar to "Labels/Index" or write "Roadmap" into the "Search this Blog" facility. A link to the full draft document, and a further explanation by PM Bainimarama, is also provided below.
Another reader writes of few signs of progress. Fair enough. But many of the projects in the Roadmap (and indeed in the plans of all governments) are incremental, showing change and improvements only gradually. Fiji's problems were never going to be fixed in a day. Think. Corruption. Efficient Public Service. Housing. Land development.
Government has decided to give prior attention to these physical needs, leaving the Constitution and Electoral reforms until later. A lot of work has been done on some social issues such housing, the minimum wage, poverty, and educational help for the poor. Some dialogue is also going on about political and electoral issues but I think the two should overlap and not be seen as two distinct phases. Government, I think, would reply that it can't do everything at once. Over to Sharon ....
The Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Socio-economic Development and Fiji’s Strategic Framework for Change or the Government’s Roadmap for short are Fiji’s national plan for the next five years 2009 -2014 to improve standards of living, to make life better, to ensure that by 2014 people have more of those things they need to be happy.
This can be done in many ways……. By creating more jobs that can pay reasonable wages, by building so that people can travel in greater comfort, by constructing homes for them to live in and improving health services, sport and leisure activities. These are some of the things the Roadmap sets out to do.
There are many other things in the plan, too. The formulation of a new Constitution, the 2014 General Elections and return to Parliamentary Democracy based on common and equal citizenry elections under a just and fair electoral system- one person one vote - by September 2014.
With the theme of “A Better Fiji for All”, the Roadmap also outlines various areas of reforms or changes that are necessary for rebuilding Fiji into a non-racial prosperous state with equal opportunity for all.
One of the reform areas the Roadmap spells out is the Land. In this issue the Fiji Focus looks at some of the initiatives taken by the Ministry of Land and Mineral Resources to ensure land reforms benefits everyone.
But we must remember that the Roadmap is only a Plan. It cannot by itself achieve. The word and ideas in it need the support of the people- that you – to make the Plan work and reach its goals.
So it is important for everyone in Fiji to be aware of what the Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Socio-economic Development and Fiji’s Strategic Framework for Change is, and how it can move our country forward in the next five years.
Farmers, fishermen, factory workers, teachers, students parents – in fact all of us – can help make the Roadmap work. And if we do that we are really helping ourselves as well as the country move forward to achieve its goal of “A Better Fiji for All”.
As the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said “ my Government has a vision to make Fiji realize its true potential – a potential that can be realized through building a strong nation state, by empowering all our citizens. My Government is a Government of change so this is your opportunity to contribute to modernize, seek incentives and contribute to the development of a sustainable economy and its growth.”
Click here for PM Bainimarama's address to the UN.
Ministries and Departments are engaging in consultations on the Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Socio Economic Development (RDSSED) 2009 – 2014.
The RDSSED sets out a framework to achieve sustainable democracy, good and just governance, socio- economic development and national unity.
The objective of the Roadmap is to implement policies to achieve the Vision of “A Better Fiji for All” which is consistent with the Peoples Charter and is linked to the Strategic Framework for Change (SFC).
Reaffirming that Government will be an agent of change, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said changes entailed in the Charter is about the Electoral System, Parliament, Laws, the Public Service and related institutions including priorities in economic and social development, indigenous institutions, the use of land, food and security, how minority interests are protected and enhanced, Fiji’s relations with former Fiji citizens living overseas, race relations, the relationships between religions in Fiji and many other changes.
He reiterated that integral to this process has been the firm commitment of all stakeholders as well as the Government towards the restoration and sustenance of true parliamentary democratic governance, stability and peace in Fiji.
The Roadmap has been inclusive and participatory in that it has been compiled in consultation with the private sector, civil society and government to take on board the current political, social and economic situation both on the international and domestic fronts.
PM Bainimarama emphasized that Government is firm in its endeavor to rebuild Fiji into a non-racial, culturally vibrant and united, well governed, truly democratic nation that seeks progress and prosperity through merit based equality of opportunity and peace. Source.