Bula Vinaka and Greetings from the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation!
FCEF has established itself as the premier employer organization representing the interest of employers in Fiji. From the consultative advisory role dealing primarily with Industrial Relations and as defense against the trade union movement, FCEF has now expanded its role by representing the collective voice of members in all industries on a wide range of business concerns. This is now the primary core business of FCEF.
FCEF now Fiji's National Private Sector Organization under the umbrella of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization, is a logical step given the status and role we play in nation building to be the most representative of the private sector.
The Federation has grown considerably over the past few years and as a service organization, we remain committed to providing assistance and advice to all our Members.
Through the assistance of the ILO's Bureau of Employers Activities (ACTEMP), FCEF has launched its new Industrial Relations Service on the 15th of December 2011. At this launch, FCEF also released its first ever publication called "An Employers' Guide to Employment Relations in Fiji." We believe that this IR Service and the Publication form an integral part of our service to members as most of them rely on lawyers who are often not employment specialists for assistance and the high cost of investment on these lawyers was frequently noted and the level of expertise! FCEF members tend to view the Mediation Service as expecting employers to compromise and settle matters even if their case is strong. Some members are accepting of this expectation, albeit resentful, while others are not accepting and would welcome assistance.
In February 2012, FCEF entered into a partnership with the Pacific Business Mentors Program, funded by the NZAID whereby we are the Country Coordinator for the Program in Fiji and supported by Williams & Gosling Ltd as the West Coordinator; we've been signing up SMEs who are struggling in business and those who wish to improve their business outputs go through the Mentoring program for a year.
Also in May 2012, we were appointed the Secretariat for the Fiji New Zealand Council.
FCEF continues to lobby with Government on issues of interest to the membership; it recently held in June 2012, a Consultative Consultation Forum in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry & Trade and FCEF's Manufacturing, Trade & Export Council promoting the "Fijian Made and Buy Fijian Campaign" Initiative!
We look forward to seeing continued support and growth in membership which will enable FCEF to strengthen its effectiveness as a recognized tripartite partner.
If you have a general enquiry, please contact us .
Chief Executive Officer
Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation