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SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 22, 1999 - PACNEWS)---Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka told his ruling SVT Party that their number one priority will be to create more jobs if re-elected into Government.

Rabuka, while launching the SVT Party's election campaign this past weekend, said the party would also work towards improving pay, working conditions and providing better income earning opportunities for people throughout the nation.

"To succeed in this, we need investment, we need greater productivity, we need healthy, well educated and highly skilled people, we need the very latest in communications and information technology,'' Rabuka said.

He said a thriving economy, driven by a growing private sector, was needed for the Government to spend more money in improving social amenities.

"The world owes us (Fiji) nothing. Our success with our development and our future directly depends on our own initiatives and efforts. But, we have shown since Independence in 1970, that we can do it.

"The latest report from the Reserve Bank of Fiji tells us that our economy has weathered the contraction in economic activity reasonably well and is now poised to enter a modest recovery path,'' he said.

Rabuka's SVT Party, which has been in Government since 1992, will be contesting the May election as a coalition partner with the Opposition National Federation Party and the minority United General Party.

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