5 Aug 2008

Last discussions on Fiji's charter continue today

10:18 am on 5 August 2008

Members of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji will continue discussions on the proposed People's Charter today before it is taken around the country for public consultation over the next six to eight weeks.

The website, FijiLive, reports the draft form of the Charter was deliberated upon yesterday as it was presented to members and it will have to be endorsed first.

It has been confirmed that one of the proposals in the Charter is that all Fiji citizens be called Fijians and indigenous Fijians, who are now referred to as "Fijians" will be referred to as "itaukei", the aboriginal inhabitants of Fiji.

Another proposal contained in the paper's State of the Nation and Economy report is that a mini-economic summit be held to discuss ways of reviving the Fiji economy.

Council members are hoping to present the draft Charter to the President Ratu Josefa Iloilo on October 10 to coincide with Fiji Day celebrations.

The NCBBF's fifth meeting ends today.