Showing posts from June 15, 2014

Political Round Up Friday 20 June

The most important event of the week, in my view, was the State Visit of the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his attendance at the second summit meeting of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), and Indonesia's agreement to co-lead, with Australia,  the multinational group of observers for Fiji's September election.

His visit, the sharp increase of Fiji's diplomatic missions, and the  growing importance of the PIDF shows just how much Fiji's foreign policy has changed in recent years.

The implications of this geopolitical shift are yet to be seen but it is unlikely —unless the old political parties win the elections—that Australia and New Zealand will ever again resume their former patrons' prominence.  Fiji seems set to independently form its own foreign policies and Pacific Islands nations seem more likely to look to Fiji for a lead. 

This posting includes the usual round up of what the political parties have been doing during the week; co…

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Local Tourism

Interesting situation: I get a call from the employee of  an organisation in Suva.

Suva : "Mr. Lockington we are just enquiring about (subject)."

Me: "Oh OK. How can I help you."

We talk a bit more and the person asks, "Mr. Lockington where do you live?"

Me : "In Mulomulo, Nadi on the Nausori Highlands road."

Suva person: "Goodness gracious, where the heck is that."

I explain and the person says, "OK, don't worry, I'll look it up and find where Mulomulo is."

I thought I'd share this because many of us know about places overseas. Have traveled there, seen that and done that. Yet we haven't seen our own country. Fiji has so many beautiful places that we can travel to. We have some of the best beaches in the world and the most breathtaking places that tourists come over to see. How many of the people who live on Viti Levu have been to Vanua Levu? How many have traveled to Levuka, to see the old capi…

News and Comments Wednesday 18 June

MORE CHIEFS THAN INDIANS. SODELPA has now named all of its 44 election candidates with a line up that includes 11 chiefs and 4  Indians,  Party leader Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa said the candidates would work to protect the interest of all Fijians, as the party fights to protect Fiji's needs.

The selected candidates are: Provincial:Ro Teimumu Kepa, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu (two of Fiji's three parmount chiefs), Ratu Viliame Tagivetaua, Josefa Dulakiverata, Kiniviliame Kiliraki, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Mikaele Leawere, Luke Ratuvuki, Nanise Nagusuca, Ratu Viliame Niumataiwalu, Anare Jale, Anare Vadei, Ratu Sela Nanovo, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, Viliame Gavoka, Sitiveni Loco, Niko Nawaikula, Jeremaia Namuaira, Ratu Osea Bolawaqatabu, Simione Drole and Iosefo Nainima.  Urban:Ratu Jone Kubuabola, Dr Tupeni Baba, Pio Tabaiwalu, Dr Mere Samisoni, Losena Salabula, Tomasi Vakatora, Salote Radrodro, Penina Ravulo, Mitieli Bulanauca, Laisani Qaqanilawa, Parayame Cakacaka, Semesa Karavaki…

Labour Minister on Worker, Human Rights

Addressing the ILO (International Labour Organization) conference in Geneva last week, Labour Minister Jone Usamate made references to a number of topical issues. Here are some of them. I have added the sub-heading. 
WORKER RIGHTS On worker and employer rights, he said Government was committed “to protecting and promoting the rights of all Fijian workers and employers, including our migrant workers. This is evident from the significant economic, constitutional and labour reforms which the Government has undertaken over the last 5 years.”
"The Fijian Government has taken significant steps to review and modernize the existing labour laws, practices and policies in Fiji. The Government has activated a tripartite social dialogue process, under the Employment Relations Advisory Board, which has undertaken a total of 38 one-day tripartite meetings since July 2012 and just concluded the review of our Employment Relations law at the end of last year.  This revised law, which also covers mi…