Business

Trust portfolio grows by $11m

UNIT Trust of Fiji’s (UTOF) investment portfolio for its fund under management grew by $11 million to $137.9m in 2016 attributed by unit sales and value of investments.

PM pushes for travel ease to EU

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says it is unfortunate that Fiji still finds itself discussing the issuances of visas for Fijians travelling to member countries of the European Union.

Tuna supply challenge for PAFCO: Report

A SCRUTINY of the Pacific Fishing Company Limited 2015 annual report by the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs has noted that consistent and sufficient supply of tuna remained to be a challenge for the Levuka-based cannery.

Fiji to propose sustainability agreement for ACP

FIJI is looking to propose a new agreement between African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) that will focus on sustainable and resilient development.

Modified audit opinion explained

PUBLIC Accounts Committee (PAC) deputy chairman Mohammed Dean this morning asked the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) to clarify the issue of the modified audit opinion issued to Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) in 2015.

Farmers urged to join budget consultations

FARMERS in the Northern Division have been urged to make use of the budget consultations and highlight their concerns and suggestions at the forum.

EU-Fiji Cotonou talks begin

THE Third high-level political dialogue between Fiji and the European Union under article 8 of the Cotonou ACP-EU partnership agreement began in Suva today.

Company clarifies issues on government grant

THE chief executive offi cer of Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) Riyaz SayedKhaiyum and company CFO Vimlesh Sagar yesterday made clarifi cations to Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members on the accounting treatment of public service broadcast (PSB) grants received.

Pacific economies at risk

FIJI and the Pacific Island Countries, as small economies have unique needs and are at most risk of being left behind by the multilateral trading system, says Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya.

New Zealand Navy en route on Fiji patrols

THE Royal New Zealand Navy’s(RNZN) inshore patrol vessel HMNZS Taupo left Auckland today to spend the next three months conducting maritime patrols in Fiji.

Copra farmers can access insurance

COPRA farmers in the north can now access insurance after the launch of a new insurance product by local company, FijiCare Insurance Limited.

Priority taxi permits issued

THE announcement today will not only change the lives of the taxi permit holders but their families as well, says LTA chairman Vijay Maharaj.

New copra drier for Cakaudrove farmer

GOVERNMENT has given a twenty year veteran of the copra industry a new drier which Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu commissioned recently.

Iowane takes young acccountant’s award

THE Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) yesterday awarded Waisale Iowane as its Young Accountant of the Year (2017).

China agrees to import more from US

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China has agreed to significantly increase its purchases of U.S. goods and services, the two countries said on Saturday, but made no mention of a $200 billion target the White House had touted earlier.

FBDA reminded to provide transparent and accountable services

MEMBERS of the Fiji Building Designers Association (FBDA) were yesterday reminded to offer services that were transparent, accountable and provide adequate protection to their clients.

Mother’s $30k scratch

A 55-YEAR-OLD saleswoman is $30,000 richer after she scratched the major prize at one of the lotto agencies in the capital city. The mother of three, however, preferred to be anonymous and said once in a while, she would enter a lotto agency and would only spend about $2 on the scratch and win tickets....

Local building designers need to upskill knowledge

FIJI Building Designers Association (FBDA) president Shailendra Mudliar says there is a need for local designers in the country to have an upskill of knowledge about the current designs in place in the market. He made these comments while speaking to this newspaper during their annual general meeting at the Holiday Inn in Suva today....

Savusavu man wins copra farmer award; Opens new drier

WINNING the best copra farmer award this year has been a timely recognition for Brija Nand’s struggle to survive in the industry. Mr Nand who is a farmer at Dawana Estate outside Savusavu witnessed another milestone in his journey as he opened his second copra drier today. Assisted by the Ministry of Agriculture, line Minister...

Khan appointed FIA president

ZARIN Khan is the new president of the Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA). The chartered accountant was elected to the post during the FIA annual general meeting at its 46th congess in Sigatoka yesterday afternoon. Mr Khan, who is a Nadi partner at the chartered accounting firm Aliz Pacific, previously held the post of FIA...