24 November, 2006

Public Lecture : A Tikina Model for Socioeconomic Growth Locally and Nationally

A public lecture is being organised by the Sociology and Social Work Division, Faculty of Arts and Law, University of the South Pacific. Details are provided below :
  • Topic : "A Tikina Model for Socioeconomic Growth Locally and Nationally";
  • Speaker : Dr Ropate Qalo;
  • Date : 5 December 2006;
  • Venue : Marine Lecture Theatre, Lower Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Time : 7.15pm.

The lecture explains how local resources can match Government or Private funding $4$ (dollar for dollar) up to a million dollars or more. The ripple-effect in this view is about balancing industrialisation and agriculture at local level. This was supported in Professor Ron Duncan's "Enhancing the Labour Absorption Capacity of Pacific Agriculture" paper presented in a recent Regional Conference on Labour Market at USP last October. The ripple effect of the model opens up the Public & Private Partnership (PPP) policy that can take investors to join the locals at Tikina level. Because of its location, the model points out that it will lend support to the Government's Look North Policy at local and national levels if it could be replicated in the North for a start.

It discusses how a Tikina plan can work with the resources it has to enable the people on the land to reinvent its Council, to robustly pursue the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and embrace good governance in its progression.

Refreshments will be served. All welcome.

For further queries, contact Madhu Prasad on e-mail prasad_ma@usp.ac.fj.

The lecture is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Fijian Affairs; Ministry of Information; Ministry of Public Enterprises & Public Sector Reform; Ministry of National Reconciliation & Multi-ethnic Affairs and the University of the South Pacific.

Women's craft from the Tikina in Suva will be on display for sale - "masi" and the use of similar traditional skills in Porcelain Art Work.

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