CALLS have been made to waive or decrease the $3000 former citizens wanting dual citizenship have to pay if they want to set up a business in Fiji.
While making submissions before the Constitution Commission, Sheikh Sahib of Drasa in Lautoka, said Fiji would benefit greatly from the return of former residents.
"I feel that there is a lot of senior citizens who are former Fiji citizens who would like to come back and give back to the country that they love. Most of them have been able to establish successful businesses and with their wealth and knowledge they would bring back a lot for Fiji's economy," said Mr Sahib.
Mr Sahib reiterated that the $3000 fee for dual citizenship should be removed to make it easier for former citizens to return.
"I feel that if we totally abolished this fee and allowed these former residents back, I'm sure that they would invest in Fiji a hundred fold because of their immense experience and their international exposure.
"For them to lose their right to citizenship is not right and fair," Mr Sahib said.
He also called for the equal distribution of resources in the country. He said a lot of services and quality resources were only offered in the Central Division.