Minister outlines plans for sector reform

18 Jul 2006

Fiji’s Minister for Information and Communication Isireli Leweniqila says the government is in the throes of introducing sector reforms to improve services, provide better coverage and increase competition in the telecoms market. In a press interview Mr Leweniqila highlighted the need to resolve several issues that are currently preventing the government from achieving its goals, adding that the reality of the situation was the delicate balancing of public interest against that of the industry as Fiji progresses towards market liberalisation. ‘The key components in the transition are new policy directions for telecommunication, a draft Bill being finalised and a road map for liberalisation,’ he said. The administration’s objective is to foster the development of reliable and affordable telecoms services to all citizens, with a particular focus on underserved rural areas.