How the government made sure no one was left behind

“There were many who couldn’t see into the future, nor understand what we were trying to do, because they hadn’t read the reasoning behind it,” he said.


Attorney General and Minister of Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The government has ensured that every Fijian has access to the latest technology and the internet. Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said it was part of the government’s strategy to ensure no Fijian was left behind in terms of development.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was speaking yesterday during an announcement in Suva where Fijians can now access radio stations on the Walesi platform.

Walesi now has 100 percent coverage of Fiji on TV. Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said: “In order to keep up with the latest technologies, individual companies must continue to invest large amounts of capital.”

“Obviously if they don’t do that, they will be left behind and the country or consumers will be left out.”

“But it’s also very difficult for them because we have a very small basket base.”

“Commercial companies, whether television or radio, need their advertising dollars to make these investments.”

“As a government, we are keen to ensure every Fijian has access to the latest technology.

“I remember we received a lot of criticism when we started investing in Walesi.”

“There were many who couldn’t see into the future, nor understand what we were trying to do, because they hadn’t read the reasoning behind it,” he said.

Third cheapest in the world

But the government’s continued efforts were validated last year when a UK-based telecom company ranked Fiji as the third cheapest internet service provider in the world.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the government has ensured that all schools and nursing stations in rural areas have access to internet services.

“What is also critical to us is that the schools that have communities living around them, we actually bring Wi-Fi to the school premises. Villagers can come to the school premises and connect with Viber or WhatsApp.”

“The nursing stations have also been connected so that doctors and nurses can connect to the larger hospitals.”

“Maybe something complicated, they can actually take the camera to show what the condition of the patient is, show the actual wound or what you have so they can get information.

Meanwhile, Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said that Vanua Levu is also ripe for business process outsourcing with the increasing development in the north. 3000 new jobs have been created in this sector in the last two years.

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