Business

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...

Global cybercrime damage cost to hit $6trillion

GLOBAL cybercrime damage costs is expected to hit $6trillion annually by 2021 with cybersecurity spending to exceed to $1 trillion from 2017 to 2021. This was highlighted by Australian Detective Superintendent Glyn Lewis while making a presentation at the 46th Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) congress at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa on Yanuca...

Fiji’s potential to grow

FIJIAN President Major-General Jioji Konrote says the potential within the Fijian economy is yet to be realised and can only be harnessed through collaborated efforts, new innovative approaches and building more resilience. In his officia address at the 46th Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) annual congress that began yesterday at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and...

Pursue excellence in transforming Fiji

ACCOUNTANTS and local entrepreneurs have been urged to pursue excellence in transforming Fiji into a forward-thinking nation. President Major-General Jioji Konrote made the call to participants of the 46th annual Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) congress which began this morning at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa. Mr Konrote however said this excellence must be...

A chef’s journey in ‘paradise’

SHE may have an infectious smile, but the aroma of food she cooks instantly draws your attention. Meet 43-year-old Litiana Nadua, one of the two chefs on Leleuvia Island Resort whose journey is not the usual as of any typical chef. Ms Nadua, who hails from Savulotu Village in Ra, has been with the resort...

New bridal boutique

STICKING to his business philosophy of “celebrating the richness of life”, established Fijian designer Samson Lee has opened another new boutique outlet – this time a bridal one.

$150k boost for clean water projects in communities

COMMUNITIES in the Sigatoka Valley and Naitasiri are expected to have improved access to clean water and sanitation as part of the continuing projects by Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation (RPWLF).

Bid to boost trade

DEEPER business relationships between Fiji and the UK are expected with moves spearheaded by the British government.

Nabouwalu township tops provincial council agenda

THE plans for the proposed Nabouwalu township in Bua is now with the Department of Town and Country Planning and is being worked on, says Roko Tui Bua Sivo Nadumu. Mr Nadumu made the comment in an interview with The Fiji Times at the Bua Provincial Council meeting held at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in...

World Bank calls for greater female participation in Seasonal Worker Program

SYDNEY,17 MAY 2018 (WORLD BANK) – Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme is delivering more than just financial benefits to Pacific Island countries, with a new study finding that the scheme is also a factor in bringing about positive social impacts both for families that participate, as well as those that don’t. The report undertaken by the...

Taxi colour-coded plates to assist enforcement: Kumar

THE purpose of the zone coding number plates is to ensure transparency and to assist enforcement operations. Fiji’s Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar clarified this in Parliament today after a question was posed to him from the Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro who asked if the minister could advise the...

Politicians urged to stop using e-ticketing as a political football

POLITICIANS have been urged to stop using the electronic ticketing platform as a political football. Fiji Bus Operators Association president Richard Lal made this comment in a statement issued today, in response to questions and answers among MPs in Parliament about perceived problems with the e-transport system. Mr Lal, however, encouraged the politicians to contribute...

Pleass Global mindful of shareholders

PLEASS Global Ltd held its first-ever annual general meeting today. And company chairperson Warwick Pleass said this AGM was special because it was their first since the opening of their new processing facility at Namosi. “Especially because FNPF is a major shareholder and we think that through the membership of a lot of Fijians in...

Major focus on marine conservation programs

WITH a focus on preserving its pristine environment, Leleuvia Island Resort is now its seventh year of maintaining its marine reserves (tabu).