2020 remittances total $652.7m

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala Kumar. Picture: FILE

Personal remittances in 2020 totalled $652.7 million and was expected to grow to $709.3m this year, says Employment and Industrial Relations Minister Parveen Kumar.

During debate on the 2021-2022 Appropriation Bill in Parliament on Monday, he said this was expected to further increase by 3 per cent in 2022, as reported in the supplementary notes in the 2021-2022 Budget address.

Mr Kumar said Fiji’s Labour Mobility Programme with Australia and New Zealand played an important role in boosting economic recovery through remittances from Fijian workers.

However, he said anyone wishing to join the program would have to be vaccinated.

“All Fijians should be aware that our neighbours in Australia and New Zealand are facing a crisis of sourcing labour for areas such as seasonal farm work and in the meat industry that Fiji can easily fill and we no doubt will play a leading role in years to come,” he said.

“My message to the workers that have been registered under this program, please take out your time and get vaccinated.

“No ifs and buts – get a jab, get a job will be the premise for potential opportunities under this scheme,” Mr Kumar said.

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