Fiji Government Committed To Creating 40,000 To 50,000 Jobs As Part Of Long-Term ICT Sector Vision

Positioned well for Business Processing Outsourcing through convenient time-zone, world-class IT infrastructure, attractive investment incentives

By Monika Singh

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, August 9, 2016) – The Government is committed to create between 40,000 and 50,000 direct jobs as part of its long-term vision in the ICT sector and other value adding sectors, says Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya.

Mr Koya made the comments during his visit to the Mindpearl Call Centre yesterday.

A statement from the Department of Information said Mr Koya said the Fijian Government had positioned Fiji as an attractive location for Business Processing Outsourcing operations.

He said its convenient time-zone, world-class IT infrastructure, attractive investment incentives, dynamic, vibrant, customer service driven workforce and a low cost business environment has drawn international interest to Fiji's doorstep.

"International companies such as Mindpearl has created a new avenue for employment for our first time job-seekers. About 1200 young Fijians have been employed by Mindpearl within a short timeframe.

"These figures are supported by the findings contained in the recently completed World Bank Report and is also demonstrated by the robust ICT investments that Fiji has managed to attract over the last 10 years. The Fijian Government will develop a manufacturing and services zone in the Western Division, which will focus on the ICT and light manufacturing industries. Preparatory work for this zone is already underway. This project will build on the successes achieved by the international companies based at the Kalabu Tax Free Zone and elsewhere in Fiji."

A recent report by the World Bank Report titled, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Jobs in the Pacific (December, 2015), had indicated that 10,000 jobs could be created between Fiji, Samoa and Tonga with optimistic scenarios increasing that number to 27,000, representing 3 per cent of GDP.

Department of Information said the ICT sector had been identified as a potential growth sector for Fiji, noting the availability of world-class ICT infrastructure.

It said it had been the Fijian Government's foresight to invest in the ICT infrastructure and capitalise on Fiji's hub status and consequently, this increases Fiji's potential to attract investments in ICT-based industries, including call centres and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) operations.

"Fiji is a country with a strong potential for outsourcing online and customer-oriented services," said Ingo Schulz, general manager Mindpearl, Suva.

"The findings demonstrate many of the key reasons we opened operations in Fiji six years ago friendly and customer-oriented people and a compelling cost advantage."

Mr Koya, permanent secretary Shaheen Ali and the Fiji Consul General/Trade Commissioner to Australia, Zarak Khan, visited the Mindpearl Call Centre operations earlier yesterday.

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