The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya, made it clear that there was no need to create another taskforce or an additional layer of bureaucracy to advise, guide and monitor investors.
This comes after the SODELPA Opposition MP Viliame Gavoka made a statement in Parliament yesterday and highlighted about the need to set up a taskforce within the Investment Fiji mechanism.
Mr Gavoka said the mechanism would advise, guide and monitor foreign investors creating an investment friendly atmosphere between investors and the people of Fiji.
He said he was concerned at the way the Fijian Government accommodated investors from China and Fiji must be careful not to stereotype Chinese investors.
He said it was important to make them feel welcome.
Mr Gavoka said that Fiji needed to set up a taskforce to focus on investors coming here to develop and improve their relationship.
“I urge the Government to set this up, improve the way we deal with them, the range of what we can do with them is almost limitless but it’s up to us to do it properly,” he said.
“I think if we do this there will be a sense of comfort and confidence with the Chinese investors, already some of them have felt they really can’t get far in Fiji.”
Mr Koya, however said having another taskforce would be a simple duplication and waste of valuable resources.
“What we need to do is to strengthen and utilise existing institutional mechanisms and competent agencies,” he said.
“Support, guidance and advice to foreign investments and foreign investors is a multiagency responsibility, and involves engagement with all stakeholders, not just Investment Fiji.”
Mr Koya said all agencies related to investment and business were required by law to provide the relevant approvals, operating licences and support.
“Investment Fiji does not discriminate between foreign and domestic investors and provides the same level of support and care to both groups of investors,” Mr Koya said.
“The support for foreign and local investors is done through the establishment of after-care facilitation services, in terms of regulatory processes and business facilitation services.”
Mr Koya added that MP Gavoka had been selective the whole week in Parliament by choosing only one case to raise.
“There are more you never came up with,” Mr Koya told MP Qavoka.