28 September, 2023, 7:24 pm Central - 22°C Rain

There should be internal mechanisms for evaluating manifestos before they are released – Dialogue Fiji

There should be internal mechanisms for evaluating manifestos before they are released – Dialogue Fiji

By Alipate Narawa
Wednesday 04/01/2023
Dialogue Fiji Executive Director Nilesh Lal

Dialogue Fiji has welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka that a Citizens’ Assembly will be convened to discuss the party manifestos, plans and the way forward for the new Fijian government.

Executive Director, Nilesh Lal says presumably, this assembly will constitute individuals, representing various sections of the Fijian society, and will include community leaders, civil society organization leaders, faith-based leaders, private sector, experts, and academics amongst others.

Lal says in Fiji, we lack a rigorous process for evaluation of manifestos.

He adds ideally, there should be internal mechanisms for evaluating manifestos before they are released.

The Dialogue Fiji Director further says such an inclusive body that enables Fijians to input into and influence matters that shape their lives has been sorely missing for a very long time and is highly desirable.

Lal also says the 100 day action plan of the largest party in government contains several decisive changes in policy and approach.

He adds in addition, the announcement by the Finance Minister Professor Biman Prasad that an Economic Summit will be convened is an excellent idea.

Lal says for a developing state like Fiji, economic policy making is of utmost importance.

He says he is sure that the insights that would be provided by various presenters at the proposed economic summit, including economists from diverse ideological dispositions, political scientists, industry experts, CSO leaders, anti-poverty activists, amongst others will be invaluable in formulating sound economic policies and the overall development approach.

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Tamavua Action Group to petition against development close to Princes Road cliff edge
Members of the Tamavua Action Group who are residents in the Tamavua area are now gathering signatures to protest against the development close to the...
3 hours ago
Fuel and gas prices to increase from Sunday
Get ready to fork out more money as fuel and gas prices will increase from Sunday. The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission says unleaded ...
32 minutes ago

One of the biggest challenges faced in relation to reporting and dealing with gender based violence is the Fiji Police - Ali
Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Coordinator, Shamima Ali says one of the biggest challenges faced in relation to the reporting and dealing with gender ...
2 hours ago

Fiji to have $3b tourism industry by December this year
Fiji will have a $3 billion dollar tourism economy by this December, ahead of the anticipated time of the end of next year. This has been ...
2 hours ago

Qiliho maintains he did not direct officers to close investigations
Former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho’s lawyer Devanesh Sharma and the Acting Director of ...
2 hours ago

France secures second win of Mini 7s leg 2 beating Aussie Green 28-14
The French Women's 7s side secured their second win of the Fiji Airways Mini International 7s tournament leg 2 after a 28-14 win over the Aussie ...
5 hours ago
EBayShop Online Recruitment scam
The Consumer Council of Fiji has issued a public alert about a group of individuals running a deceptive pyramid scheme known as “EbayShop Online Recruitment.”
3 days ago

7 Grace Road Group executives declared prohibited immigrants in Fiji after decisions by the South Korean Government and a request by Interpol
7 Grace Road executives in Fiji have been declared prohibited immigrants by the Fijian Government, it has been made clear through government ...
3 days ago

Bainimarama and Qiliho’s trial
The trial of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Commissioner of Police Sitiveni Qiliho begins
41 days ago