The Draft “Fiji National Security Strategy (NSS) 2016 and Beyond” has been withdrawn by the Government so that it can be reviewed after a lapse of two years.
This was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary for Defence and National Security Osea Cawaru, who said there would be some changes.
When asked about the changes he said – “Definitely – in many reviews changes are to be expected.”
He said the committee headed by Captain (Ret’d) (Navy) Timoci Natuva were currently conducting their consultations as part of this current review.
He said the 2016 draft version had not been launched as yet and it was only proper for the ministry that prior to launching the NSS (after a lapse of 2 years) they had to review the old draft as other new security developments/issues had arose.
The NSS he said would be first tabled to Cabinet for approval.
He said no allocation had been given to the new committee but they were working on the allocation given to Mr Teleni’s team as the financial year would end in July.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Defence and National Security, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said in an earlier interview after opening the two-day workshop on National Security Strategy awareness workshop that the NSS was a new overarching document which sets out priorities for the future.
He said the strategy would provide the basis for establishing a strong, effective, and modern architecture and system that had the capacity and capability of responding to the evolving security needs of Fiji.
One of the Government’s priorities he said was to develop a strategy that would safeguard the national security of Fiji’s communities and people.