The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF) recently convened a meeting with high-ranking officials from the Ministry of Finance to discuss Fiji’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and explore ways in which the private sector can collaborate with the government to achieve these goals.
The meeting focused specifically on the Voluntary National Review of the SDGs, which serves as an important means of assessing and reporting on the progress that Fiji has made towards achieving these goals. The CEOs shared their perspectives on the challenges faced by the private sector in contributing to the SDGs, including issues related to capacity-building, access to finance, and the need for supportive policies and regulations.
During the meeting, the officials from the Ministry of Finance outlined the government’s plans for supporting private sector engagement with the SDGs, including initiatives to promote sustainable business practices, create new financing mechanisms, and strengthen partnerships between the public and private sectors. The CEOs expressed their appreciation for these efforts and committed to working closely with the government to achieve Fiji’s SDG targets.
Overall, the meeting highlighted the importance of cross-sectoral collaboration in achieving sustainable development in Fiji. It provided an opportunity for the private sector and the government to engage in a constructive dialogue and identify areas of common interest and potential collaboration. By working together towards the SDGs, Fiji can help build a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable future for all its citizens.