SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 1) – The interim regime is acutely aware of the need to stem the brain drain, which is why it is ridding the State of racist policies, says interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

He made the statement in response to an article in a local daily yesterday, which said the exodus of chief executive officers, managers, senior officials from government and private and semi-private industries was a real threat to Fiji's economy.

"Racist policies really have been the main cause of brain drain in the public sector since the 1987 coups," he said. "Such racism in the private sector also was the major cause of the brain drain there."

Bainimarama said that such resignations are expected only for the interim period.

"Again I encourage those who have something constructive and fruitful to contribute, to please do not stand back," he said. "Please offer your services as your country needs you on this journey to a better future."

April 1, 2007

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