FIJI NEWS
September 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

Fiji’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation is currently drafting a National Council for Older Persons Decree to provide an inclusive environment for the elderly in Fiji.

Ministry permanent secretary Govind Sami in his opening address at the national stakeholders’ workshop in Suva said the decree will protect the rights of older persons in the country.

The workshop sought the partnership of senior government officials and non-government organisations in drawing up a framework for the implementation of Fiji’s National Ageing Policy (2011-2015).

The National Council for Older Persons Decree (NCOP) will be an umbrella grouping of all affiliated groups to provide the framework for the policy.

 “In the next couple of years, nothing will impact the world economies more profoundly than demographic trends and chief among them, ageing. The number of people in the old age category is increasing rapidly. In next 20 years people aged 60 years and above, worldwide is projected to outnumber children,” said Sami.

The Policy has 4 major goals to inculcate an inclusive and enabling environment for the elderly.

“The goals include the recognition of the contribution of older persons to social, cultural economic and political sectors of the society, strengthening the social assistance for older persons, healthy living and creating a supportive environment for the elderly.

Sami said the Ministry on its part is seeing if we can introduce an old age pension for those people who spend all their lives in the informal sector and have lived all their lives in sugarcane farms or in dalo farming but don’t have access to Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) services. So we are working with ministry of finance in this area.

He said the framework will also look at improving health services for the elderly in Fiji.

Special Administrator for Lami Town Council Jasper Singh said city plans should consider age friendly facilities.

By Ropate Valemei
 
 

bang-bang


PREVIOUS STORY
Baby dies in Nadi house fire
NEXT STORY
NFA records 5 house fires in one week

Post a Comment
Bookmark and Share

 


Posted Comments
No comments, but you can post the first comment!
   





Has the daylight saving been workable for you?
 Yes
 No


Poll Results: Current | Previous

Has the daylight saving been workable for you?
Yes
 39%
No
 61%



More Polls
Press Esc to close this window
BUSINESS
New award for PM's Exporter AwardsA new award has been to added to the 2014 Prime Minister's Exporter of the Year Awards which will be held at Sofitel Spa and Resort tonight.
SPORTS
Ryan pleased with players' fitnessVodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan says he is much happier with his players' fitness levels.
WORLD
'Green'-tinted SUVs at Seoul Motor ShowGas-guzzling SUVs, eco-friendly electric cars and the odd brave attempt to marry the selling points of both are taking centre stage at the biennial Seoul Motor Show.
TECHNOLOGY
Vodafone Fiji, Tonga telco in allianceVodafone Fiji and Tonga Communications Corporation today signed a strategic partnership alliance that will allow the Tongan company to leverage off the experience of their Fijian counterparts.
ENTERTAINMENT
Moorhouse to release debut albumNew Zealand 2013 The X Factor fan favourites Moorhouse will release their debut self-titled album that will include their brand new single Somebody Loves You on December 5.
HEALTH/FITNESS
Clean-up day to curb dengue outbreakFiji's Ministry of Health has declared a clean-up day next Thursday for residents in the central division as it ups the tempo against a dengue fever outbreak currently experienced in the country.
NEWS SPORTS INFOTAINMENT SERVICES MOBILE EXTRA HOT TOPICS