THE Lautoka and Nadi chambers of commerce will meet next week to discuss their submissions to next year's national budget.
Lautoka chamber administrator Mohammed Salim said they hoped to have their submissions completed before the end of next month.
"This year, we will be giving in our submissions with the Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industries," he said.
"We will be meeting members of the two chambers. We hope our members come out in numbers as this is an important time for our voices to be heard by government."
Mr Salim said the 2013 national budget had its benefits not only for the people of Fiji but also for the business community.
"I hope that this year, the national budget also has a positive outcome for everyone."
The administrator said they would have to make submissions similar to those they had last year.
"One of our submissions to last year's budget was that we had wanted Lautoka port to be a VAT tourist refund area. We've yet to receive a response on that, so we will be putting this again in this year's submissions."
In a related development, Nadi chamber president Dr Ram Raju has released the chamber's three-year report from 2011 to 2013, highlighting the challenges faced by Nadi businesses faced over the past three years and their concerns for proper facilities to be built in the town.