7 Aug 2008

Fiji says it may need help to fund Charter consultation

10:16 am on 7 August 2008

The National Council for Building a Better Fiji says it needs foreign aid for the consultation phase of the draft People's Charter.

The charter was released to the media yesterday for a wider public consultation process to start.

The Fijilive website quotes a member of the council, Dewan Maharaj, as saying it's unclear how they will fund the exercise.

Mr Maharaj says they are having talks with the United Nations and the Indian government who might help them.

The council's co-chair, Petero Matac, reiterated they will need funds to conduct the second phase of the charter consultation process.

Another member of the council says it is important for people to take part in the discussions.

Josefa Serulagilagi, says the charter looks at good governance, social and economic development and the economy.

"What we would like to do is to really take out what is always called the coup culture in this country, and if we can, develop a kind of system whereby we move forward, and have solutions, so that we make sure that we don't have that kind of attitudes in the minds of the people."

Josefa Serulagilagi says the military needs to be involved in the national affairs in the country.