Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Employers told: hire on merit not diversification
Speaking at a corporate governance workshop in Suva yesterday, Sayed-Khaiyum said when the best candidates are selected, the rest of the requirements will fall into place.
He is quoted as saying: “Diversification is mostly assumed to be based on ethnicity and unfortunately in Fiji, there is an obsession with ethnicity."
Sayed-Khaiyum, who also holds the Public Enterprise portfolio, said there was a need to be firm in implementing policies so that once the best candidates are chosen based on merit, other factors like their minority group and gender can be considered.
“We cannot base our decision on mere reasons so that we have a gender balance in the Board. Choosing on merit will eventually result in gender balance.”
Former High Court judge Nazhat Shameem, who facilitated the workshop organised by the Ministry of Trades and Industry for statutory bodies, said it is the ethically-run businesses that prosper.
“Reports have supported that an ethical business is more beneficial and has a sustained profit,” Shameem said.
Editor's Note: Participants from the workshop. Government website pic, Fiji Live story