Over the past 25 years the number of workers living in extreme poverty has declined dramatically, despite the lasting impact of the 2008 economic crisis and global recession. In developing countries, the middle class now makes up more than 34 percent of total employment – a number that has almost tripled between 1991 and 2015.
However, as the global economy continues to recover we are seeing slower growth, widening inequalities, and not enough jobs to keep up with a growing labour force. According to the International Labour Organization, more than 204 million people were unemployed in 2015.
The SDGs promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the goal is to achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030.
The launch of Fiji’s first-ever National Productivity Master Plan 2021-2036 will set new pathways for Fiji’s productivity as well as assist in the reduction of the unemployment rate in the country, according to the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Honourable Parveen Kumar. The Master Plan was handed by the Asian Productivity Organisation (APO)...Read More
Small to Medium Enterprise (SMEs) operators play a pivotal role in creating employment and contributes towards national economic growth. Speaking at a recent forum organised for the SME operators, the Fiji National University (FNU), Head of Department Economics and Customs, Dr Asaeli Tuibeqa said SME policy makers and support providers need a thorough understanding of...Read More
To make graduations memorable and support grass roots entrepreneurship development, the Fiji National University (FNU) is gifting an authentic and traditional artefact, iri (fan) to all its graduates. FNU Alumni Relations Manager, Artila Devi said that the authentic local gift was selected to mark the important achievement of the graduating students as well as support...Read More
The Fiji National University’s (FNU) National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) as the National Productivity Organisation for Fiji led a delegation to the 61st Asian Productivity Organisation (APO) Governing Body Meeting in Manila, Philippines this week. Head of the delegation and NTPC Director Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata said the meeting reviewed the budget for the 2019-2020...Read More