ONE Hundred Sands Limited yesterday declared its intention to continue with the $290million casino at Denarau in Nadi.
Company chairman Larry Claunch has confirmed he would be paying $185,138 in fines to the government for breach of licence.
Speaking to The Fiji Times yesterday, he said the casino would go ahead as planned despite the setback.
Attorney-General and Minister for Trade Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last night confirmed that the government had received a cheque for $185,000 from One Hundred Sands Limited.
He said he also received a letter from Mr Claunch that he would respond to a letter that had been sent to the company earlier.
"I have received the cheque of $185,000, which is equivalent to $US100,000 from One Hundred Sands payable to the government today (yesterday)," said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum. "They also said they will respond to concerns I had raised with the company earlier."
Meanwhile, responding to queries from this newspaper about the delay in construction, Mr Claunch said because of complications with the project, work had to be pushed back and he could not specify when building was expected to begin.
"This project is a very complicated one and I need more time to work on the project. I do not want to rush into the project because I want to do it right.
"There are many works involved like the architecture planning and many other documentation works as well. But, yes, we are definitely still interested in the project." The company owner said the construction of the country's first-ever casino would benefit the economy in many ways.
"This project is going to be fantastic for the country as a lot of jobs will be created and, likewise, the economy will be boosted financially. We are taking each step as it comes because we want to do the right things first."
Last week, the government issued a statement saying it would not hesitate to cancel the company's exclusive casino licence if One Hundred Sands could not demonstrate that the construction of the $290m project would begin.