3 Feb 2003

Fiji's Prime Minister wants to cut the size of the public service

8:10 am on 3 February 2003

Fiji's Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, says the government wants the size of the public service cut so that costs can be trimmed from 80 to 70 per cent of the state's annual budget.

Mr Qarase says this reduction has to come from strict controls on the size of the public service and its wage and salary costs.

He says this is essential if the government is to reach its investment target, so that gross domestic product shows growth of between 5 and 6 per cent.

Mr Qarase says to reach this growth target, investment must increase from the current 10 to 25 per cent.