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THE Air Terminal Services issue was mishandled by Government and Employment and Industrial Relations Minister Jone Usamate should have stepped down as a result of it. This was the statement by National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad in Parliament last week Thursday.
“It is provided for by the Government, budgeted for by the Government and provided to us. “In addition to ... “In the next two weeks, we will be getting Chinese vehicles that were received by Government as well.” Mr Qiliho ... “It's a great time for policing and for Fiji that the Government has invested in these.

“They could do the Dubai-Sydney lane, we're quite happy for them to do that but only if they code share but they could then fly people across for $50 and we can shut down the route between Nadi-Sydney for Fiji Airways. Then off course they can pull out whenever they feel like it. We'll than have to restart it ...
The Fijian Government offers various tax and customs concessions to encourage investments and at the same time create employment opportunities that will result in raising the living standards of all Fijians. In this week's article we look at the Employment Taxation Scheme (ETS) which is an incentive to ...
Update: 6:08PM TWENTY-seven workers will next week join the New Zealand government's Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme. According to the employment ministry, the workers received their pre-departure certificates yesterday to work for Heywood Orchard Ltd, Agworks Ltd, and Apata ...
Mr Seruiratu, while speaking in Parliament this week, said the AMA, formerly known as the Fiji Agriculture Marketing Authority by the past government, was hugely in debt and was on the verge of collapsing. He said the then Fiji AMA was established by an Act of Parliament in March, 2004. “The opposition is ...

The land-owning units from Naselai Village, Tailevu, whose land was leased for Nausori International Airport in 1951 are happy with Government's concern about “a bad deal made to them during the Colonial days”. Village headman Sunia Cagiduadua said he hoped the village units (tokatoka) concerned ...
The Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism Shaheen Ali receiving the cheque from Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham. Photo: Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission. March 10. 11:00 2018. Print This Article Share it With Friends. by The Fijian ...
The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, said the topic of disabled persons in Fiji and initiatives put in place by Government to assist them in their livelihood were hardly discussed in Fiji. Ms Vuniwaqa said the Government had a national disability policy that was ...
Mr Curr said he was both encouraged and humbled by the warm welcome received from the Fijian Government and the people. “This is an exciting time for New Zealand's Pacific engagement, and for our relationship with Fiji,” he said. “And I look forward to doing my part to deliver on the Government's ...
He said today the issuance of leases over the foreshores of Fiji takes place in an environment where there is a strengthened inter-governmental co-ordination on the protection of mangroves. “Government promotes the reforestation of mangrove which is much higher than the harvester,” Mr Koya said.
Update: 1:07PM A MOTION by Opposition MP Professor Biman Prasad proposing an inquiry into the health system was defeated a while ago in Parliament. Prof Prasad had moved a motion that the Parliament approve the formation of a bipartisan committee to conduct an inquiry into the public health and ...
“So, Madam Speaker, the FijiFirst Government has been spending to raise the productive capacity of the Fijian economy and ensure every Fijian has access to proper roads, bridges and jetties, electricity, clean water, education, health, legal services. That's why we have the best capital expenditure mix at ...
The signing between the Fijian National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), including the Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) follows the Fijian Government's initial declaration to review legislation dealing with disasters.
WITH 65 per cent of Fiji's population comprising youths, as determined by the 2017 Population and Housing Census, Unity Fiji Party says ideally the next government would be determined by youths. Party leader Savenaca Narube said the statistics released of the make-up of youths population —which is ...
At the centre of the fight is a group of Australian and European consultants brought in to assist the Fiji government to deliver its biggest diplomatic challenge. Shameem Khan had increasingly objected to the prominent role these outsiders had within Fiji's presidency. In exclusive interviews with Climate ...
Update: 2:56PM THE director general of the Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS), Filipe Nainoca, says the society is privileged to work with the Government in reviewing Fiji's National Disaster Management Plan 1995 and Natural Disaster Management Act 1998. He made the comment while speaking at the ...

Nazhat Shameem Khan left her role last week without any explanation and the retired Fiji diplomat Robin Nair said it was out of character for her to abandon something she has committed to. The circumstances of Ms Shameem Khan's departure are unclear. The Fiji government has said in a statement that ...
This is after the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Hon. Inia Seruiratu commissioned two dryers and a husk crusher at Fiji Rice Limited mill in Dreketi, Macuata recently. The Government has invested $60,000 for two more ...
... the collapse of the National Bank of Fiji ('NBF') in 1995 which our country is still reeling from – We are still paying for the largest financial scandal in Fiji's history. The then Government issued $209 million in bonds to bail out the NBF. The funds borrowed were used to pay NBF depositors,” the A-G said.
Update: 6:32PM AN INVESTIGATOR has been appointed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to oversee work over the Pacific Flying School Cessna 172. At a press conference today, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the minister responsible confirmed that an independent investigator would be appointed to carry out the ...
WHILE I haven't seen the statistics of the latest Fijian census it would be fair to say that it's providing Government the necessary information and tools to create more jobs for growing a thriving economy. I'm sure economists who are helping create the road map to stimulate growth in every sector so that more ...
Fiji thrives on agriculture as said by the Government for many years. Well, that's true. Without agriculture we will not have any raw materials for manufacturing goods. I want to ask the Minister for Agriculture why is the wage rate of agricultural officers low? Teachers, Police officers and other civil servants are ...
GOVERNMENT is a non-dividend owner within the Fiji Pine Ltd and as such, has not earned revenue from the company. Ironing out concerns of pine landowners in Bua last week regarding their concerns that the Fiji Pine Trust owned only 0.02 per cent of shares in the company, Forestry Minister Osea ...
In 2017, 32% of working Fijians were in poverty, rising to 52% in the informal sector (occupations that aren't covered by government regulators). An average urban Fijian household with 4.5 members needs roughly 250 Fijian dollars (A$150) per week to satisfy their basic needs. The poverty line is set ...
Investment Fiji continues to work closely with the key government agencies to assist investors and exporters in their ventures. In its bid to enhance this collaboration, the Fijian Government's investment arm has been organising Inter-Agency workshops with the government agencies and departments.
Update: 8:34PM THE Fijian Government is committed to the thorough implementation of the National Gender Policy and to continue to deliver its commitments under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Minister for Women, Children and Poverty ...
Mr Singh commended the government of Fiji for their initiative in developing the schools that were affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Mr Singh also reminded the teachers that it is their role to mould children to add value to society. “I was really painful for me when I came to know that many schools like ...
A WORKSHOP in Nadi today is expected to draw up a policy on agritourism, which will link tourism properties with local farmers and suppliers. The Fiji Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop is a partnership between the Fiji Government, Pacific Community (SPC), Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural ...
The mother of two is one of the many successful recipients of the Fijian Government's small and micro business scheme in 2017. “I used the $1000 grant to buy a sewing machine and money I earn from sewing has really helped me cater for our house expenses,” Ms Solaila said. “My customers are mostly ...
"As director of Fiji's national human rights institution, he should stand up for the people of Fiji," the SODELPA leader said. Mr Rabuka claimed that Mr Raj was instead highlighting the faults of the political opponents of the FijiFirst Government that appointed him. "Ashwin Raj should be concerned with the ...
Ioane Palato is one of the many successful recipients of the Fijian Government's Small and Micro Business Grant scheme. The scheme is a government initiative designed to encourage business investments and start-ups. Mr Palato is 38 years old and hails from Kadavu, but calls Taveuni his home.
"China's assistance to Fiji showcases the historic responsibility of China as a major country and the sincere aspiration to build a community of shared future for mankind." Qian stressed that with the request of the Fijian government and full consultations by the two countries, China has provided Fiji with the ...
The Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) received a grant of FJD2.1million from the Government of Fiji following the signing of Grant Agreement at the FSC's head office in Lautoka. Meanwhile, the grant was made possible through the close co-operations between the Governments of Fiji and India and this signing ...
The Government has appointed Tupoutua'h Baravilala to the Board of Directors of Air Terminal Services (Fiji) Pte Ltd. The appointment was made on Monday, February 19, 2018 and took immediate effect. Ms Baravilala was welcomed by her fellow Board members at the ATS quarterly meeting on Thursday, ...
Fiji has officially joined the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), an intergovernmental organisation established by the Commonwealth Heads of Government that is designed to assist Commonwealth member states in encouraging the use of open learning and distance education knowledge. Fiji's ...
Special schools in Fiji will be the first on the Government's list to receive school buses after 50 buses were handed to the the Fijian Government yesterday. This comes after the government of the People's Republic of China handed over 200 China Aid Vehicles to the Fijian Government at the Police Mobile ...
“They have just established from pallet to sawmilling where Government encourages small operators to create employment at the same time create wealth for them,” Mr Naiqamu said. “Thanks to government's programmes 'The Look North Policy' and Northern Development Programme (NDP) and Fiji ...
Just days away from arriving in Fiji for the 20th Session of the Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers Meeting (CCEM), hosted by the Government, Ms Scotland tweeted that she would be arriving soon in the Pacific region for the event. She expressed her support and solidarity to the Pacific ...
Even with that provision, under the Government of SDL Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, the Senate was bypassed and parcels of iTaukei land in Momi and Denarau were converted to freehold land and permanently alienated from the landowning units, it was revealed during a parliamentary debate last ...
THE Chinese Government has once again stepped in to help Fijians recover from the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita by pledging to donate $100,000. In a statement, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Fiji said the Chinese Government was concerned with the suffering of the Fijian ...
The Fijian Government continues to reform and refine its policies to modernize Fiji and propel economic growth further despite the successfully achieving 8 years of consecutive economic growth. Through the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service, it has introduced compliance measures that enables ...
Mr. Born and Mr. Lim had previously provided advice and support to the Fiji government, as part of an international team from the ADB and UNCITRAL, in the drafting of the Fiji International Arbitration Act 2017. This is part of a broader technical assistance project that aims to promote accession to the New ...
Fiji Red Cross is preparing to send a team to the Southern Lau Group as part of the government's emergency cyclone response. ... Two government vessels are preparing to leave Suva on Sunday to take supplies and assistance to the islands of Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa which sustained damage from Tropical ...
For a simple farmer like Hanumanta Naidu of Tavua, working on the land is life. He has known no other. The 60-year-old is a recipient of the Government's Small and Micro Business Grant that was given to applicants that sought assistance from the Ministry after Cyclone Winston. And through the land, ...
As Tropical Cyclone Gita begins to exit Fiji waters, Government's focus is to complete damage assessments and respond to immediate needs in Southern Lau. Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Mr. Anare Leweniqila indicated that the Office of the Divisional Commissioner Eastern would ...
The volume of traffic will rise further with the registration amnesty now granted by the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA). What has brought on this explosion in the ... The major reason is that the Government had reduced the Customs duty on reconditioned hybrid cars. The impact of that decision is what we are now ...
SUVA, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Fiji and China have enjoyed very close and cordial relations since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1975, a Fijian government representative said here on Friday. Speaking at a Chinese Spring Festival reception at the Chinese embassy in Suva, Ratu Tui ...
Update: 3:09PM ZEID Ra'ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner, will today begin an official visit to Fiji at the Government's invitation. He will be meeting Government officials, including President Jioji Konrote, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, ...
“We are united in our belief that Fiji needs strong leadership and a transparent and accountable Government.” The two websites, Mr Rabuka said, would help spread the work and agenda of the party. “The website launch today is an important milestone in our preparations towards the 2018 general election ...


 

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