Business

Demand for fake goods poses challenge

THE influx of fake mobile phones into the country is being driven by two factors — the desire for people to own the latest gadgets and consumers being unaware that the product they have bought...

Stock exchange unveils new look, outdoor ticker display

THE South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPX) celebrated a milestone with the official launch of its rebranded image and an outdoor stock ticker display screen at its new home in Victoria Pde, Suva last Friday. SPX chairwoman Dr Nur Bano Ali said it was an exciting step undertaken by the SPX board and management towards a...

Seeto re-elected as FHTA president

IT’S not about me but the thousands of Fijians who go to work every day and give visitors to this country the best possible holiday experience. This was the sentiment shared by re-elected Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) president Dixon Seeto after its members placed him back in the driver’s seat during the organisation’s...

Association to promote the members interests

THE Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association is looking to the 2019/2020 National Budget period to continue to promote the interests of its members. “We recognise that in a time of global uncertainty and global downturn, the Government has had a pragmatic view of how they are going to structure the budget and you can see...

15th June

Call to work together

THE bus industry has been urged to work together in finding solutions to issues it faces. The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while officiating at the Fiji Bus Operators Association’s 2019 Annual General Meeting in Lami this morning, pointed out that by doing so, it allows the association to work out its own...

New SPX office and re-branded logo hopes to attract more private sector investment

THE new South Pacific Stock Exchange office (SPX) and its new re-branded logo hopes to attract more private sector investment and create more visibility for the company. While launching the new office yesterday in Suva Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted a few tax-free incentives that Government had announced in the 2019/2020 National Budget that will encourage...

Best on the island

RADISSON Blu Resort and Spa’s six-month-old restaurant Basilico has been voted the best restaurant on Denarau Island by Trip Advisor. The Italian restaurant was the stand out for guests who voted for the Top 10 restaurant’s on the island for 2019. Resort general manager Charles Homsy said it was a great recognition of the effort...

Call for support

STAKEHOLDERS from the fishing industry plan to request Government for some support in complying with the phase out of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) from fishing vessels. Concerns were raised by fishing vessel companies and refrigeration companies on how the change will impact their business because the change required them to replace the refrigeration systems being used on...

Increase in building permit applications

THE total number of building permit applications in 2018 stood at 1725 with a value of $370 million. This was highlighted by the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar, while officiating at the opening of the second Construction Industry Council (CIC) trade show on Wednesday. The number of...

Rate of home ownership ‘low’

THE rate of home ownership and rate of insurance overall is low with only 10 per cent of the properties in the country being insured. This was highlighted by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khayium. While giving his keynote address at the 2019 Construction Industry Council (CIC)...

14th June

MIIT, FNPF ink MoU

A MEMORANDUM of Understanding (MoU) that will secure Fiji National Provident Fund’s (FNPF) support as a primary developer and management services provider of the development and construction process of the Zone was signed today by the the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (MITT) and FNPF. Overall, the MOU will guide the land use, development...

FCCC extends EFL tariff submissions deadline

THE Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has received more than 1350 submissions from members of the public on the proposed increase of electricity tariff by Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL). With the increase in interest from people on the issue the FCCC has extended the deadline to June 28 for written submissions on the proposed...

2019-2020 budget focused on lifting the economy: AG

WE need to be able to grow the economy and the way to grow the economy is to ensure that we have new standards, new way of thinking, new architectural plans, new ideas so that collaboratively we can do a lot. These were the sentiments of the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while...

Department store launches new collection

AWARD winning fashion designer Robert Kennedy has teamed up with Prouds to promote his fashion label RKFJ in two of their flagship stores with plans to expand the brand into other outlets in future. A press release from Prouds yesterday said the range featured at Prouds Suva Central and Prouds Downtown Nadi also carried the...

‘Need more foreign direct investment’

TOURISM makes up about 38 per cent of Fiji’s gross domestic product (GDP) while private investment makes up only 15 per cent, says Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Premila Kumar. Mrs Kumar said the Government planned to increase investment further, therefore, an increase in foreign direct investment was needed. In her interview with fDi...

Capitalising on fashion trends

SOCIAL media is a useful tool to gauge what is trending and one business is trying to capitalise on the latest shift in the fashion industry. Sharlin Singh is the owner of a high-end fashion outlet called SP Trendsetter located in Nabua, Suva. The 23-year-old may have opened the doors to her clothing outlet on...

3-year deal to develop leaders

IN a bid to boost the number of local people in senior and executive management roles, recruitment agency AVI Pacific People has signed a three-year partnership deal with Leadership Fiji. Speaking on the partnership, AVI Pacific People general manager Thelma Savua said: “We are pleased to partner with Leadership Fiji in their quest to enhance...

13th June

Council notes increase in complaints on mobile phones

THE Consumer Council of Fiji organised a workshop to increase awareness among the general public after receiving more than 500 complaints about suspect mobile phones. CEO Seema Shandil made this comment while opening the “Educating Fijian consumers on Counterfeit Mobile Phones: Fighting Fakes in 21st Century” at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel, Lautoka, yesterday. “The Council...

12th June

Lautoka residents urged to be vigilant when buying phones

CONSUMER Council of Fiji CEO Seema Shandil has urged Lautoka residents to be more more vigilant when purchasing mobile phones. She made the comment while opening a council organised workshop on counterfeit mobile phones at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel this morning. Ms Shandil said there were potential health and environmental risks associated with the purchase...

Association to comply with weight restrictions

THE Fiji Cane Lorry Transportation Association has undertaken to comply with the weight limit for six-wheeler trucks carting cane to the mills during the 2019-2020 cane cutting season. In a statement issued yesterday, Fiji Sugar Corporation CEO Graham Clark said they met the association and confirmed that they had the undertook to comply with the...

11th June

Assessment on PACER Plus underway

AN assessment on the impact of Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus on the Fijian economy is currently underway. This has been confirmed by the Minister for Industry and Trade, Premila Kumar during an interview outside Parliament. “We are carrying out an impact assessment on this regional trade agreement. At the moment we...

Workshop addresses digital gap in tourism sector

BUSINESSES in the tourism sector can capitalise much more from the digital landscape as it could boost their customer outreach by creating more exposure. This is the main focus of a two-day workshop held in the country on June 10 and 13, organised by Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia in partnership with Fiji Hotel and...

Bid to realign of operation plan

THE Ministry of Forestry is placing an importance on the development of the operation plan for the new financial year. This was mentioned by the Minister of Forestry, Osea Naiqamu while addressing the Ministry of Forestry 2019-2020 operational plan workshop yesterday. “It is critical that we take stock of our performance this year and to...

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