Fiji Gathering Discusses Poverty Reduction

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Government, civil society, NGOs and churches work together

By Avinesh Gopal

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, June 7, 2012) – The non-government organisation consultations on poverty empowerment are designed to share and disseminate information regarding best practices on poverty reduction.

Permanent secretary in the Prime Ministers Office, Lieutenant Colonel Pio Tikoduadua said in a Ministry of Information statement the whole idea of the consultations was to encourage dialogue.

Government officials, members of the civil society, NGOs and faith-based organisations gathered in Suva on Friday for the second round of NGO consultations on poverty empowerment.

Lt-Col Tikoduadua said: "Government allocates enough resources to carry out this kind of work and in that regard values the important contribution that civil societies make to poverty reduction.

"Government may not always be in the best position to do this type of work as ours is about governance, so thats where civil societies come in and play an important role in informing us on some of the ways and measures that we can work together in moving this country forward."

He also said government had already put in place measures across all ministries and departments and that the People's Charter also advocated for the reduction of poverty to a negligible level.

[PIR editor’s note: A story reported by Fijilive stated that nearly 90% of the elderly population in Fiji currently lives below the poverty line.]

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