18 Mar 2004

Fiji garment industry wants immigration rule changes

12:47 pm on 18 March 2004

Fiji's garment industry wants the government to change immigration rules to allow more skilled garment workers to be brought into the country.

The president of the Textile, Garment and Footwear Council, Ranjit Solanki, has told radio station, Legend, that a report compiled by consultants from Australia has highlighted the lack of trained personnel in the garment industry.

He says the report stresses that there is an urgent need to bring in highly skilled people who will not require training.

Mr Solanki says productivity in Fiji is low compared with other countries and the government should relax the rules to allow in workers who will help lift this.