FIJI GOVERNMENT SUGAR SHARES FOR SALE

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 20, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---The cabinet approved a measure Tuesday that calls for the government to sell 17 percent of its shares in the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

The Public Enterprise Department will consult stakeholders and advise the cabinet on the preferred method of sale of the 17 percent shares.

The cabinet also decided that the Sugar Commission of Fiji will submit a detailed action plan for implementing recommendations outlined in the government's 2000 budget.

The plan calls for four mills to operate as independent units with their own cost structures, a cane payment system based solely on the performance of the cane growers and milling operation of each mill, and a feasibility study on value adding by way of the manufacture of special grades of sugar.

The Sugar Industry Unit of the public enterprise department will submit to the cabinet a detailed plan outlining the actions that need to be taken by the government in implementing the sugar industry related policies outlined in the people's coalition manifesto.

A task force will be set up to review the role, functions and effectiveness of sugar industry institutions such as the Sugar Commission, the Sugar Cane Growers Council, the Sugar Industry Tribunal and the Fiji Sugar Marketing Company.

The cabinet agreed in principle that the Fiji Sugar Corporation will seek prospective operators to manage its mills.

For additional reports from Fiji’s Daily Post, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Resources/Fiji Live.

 

NEW PLANS FOR FIJI SUGAR

SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 20, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---Faced with a challenge to be more efficient in a changing marketplace, the sugar industry is seeking to cut costs through automation, improve mill capacity, and educate cane growers on how to increase their income.

Sugar Commission of Fiji Chairman Gerald Barrack said the industry in the past decade has laid the foundations for change through consultations, field studies, and mechanization trials.

He said the sugar commission is now set on a clear course to achieve industry goals through its strategic plan.

The plan is extensive and contains many proposals for the overall improvement of the industry.

The plan was discussed with a group of journalists from Suva and Lautoka on an informational tour of the industry in Lautoka.

For additional reports from Fiji’s Daily Post, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Resources/Fiji Live.

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