The first Great Council of Chiefs meeting since 2007 drew to a sombre yet colourful close following the GCC’s endorsement of landmark decisions that would support the development of the i-Taukei.
Soon after the meeting proper concluded, GCC Chair and Minister for iTaukei Affairs Ifereimi Vasu announced to the media the strategic review of the iTaukei Land Trust Board, iTaukei Land and Administration and iTaukei Fisheries Commission comprising iTaukei Affairs Board, Provincial Councils, Tikina Councils and Village Councils.
Other major decisions included, GCC endorsed the outcome of the iTaukei Resource Owners Forum that was held on March 30th and 31st.
This reaffirms the President’s address on the economic advancement of iTaukei, and alleviating the poverty level of the i-Taukei, economic empowerment be a priority for the GCC and other i-Taukei institutions, Economic empowerment framework for the i-Taukei to be implemented by the iTaukei Institutions, confirmed liuliu ni yavusa be assisted in looking after their responsibilities through a monthly allowance of $200, and endorsement of the names of nominees to the Board of Governors for Ratu Sukuna Memorial School.
While replying to questions posed by the media, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said, “the GCC or Bose Levu Vakaturaga will serve as a parallel institution to President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere where he could seek advice on any matters of interest to Fijians.”