Business

18th August

Cane farmers presented with Fiji Sugarcane Climate Outlook bulletin

Sugarcane farmers from the Lautoka Mill District in Nadi met teams from the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) and the Sugar Research Institute of Fiji yesterday – in partnership with the Australian Government-funded Climate and Oceans...

17th August

Training in NZ – ‘A great experience’

Two Republic of Fiji Military Forces officer cadets undertaking training at the Office Cadet School (OCS) in Waiouru, New Zealand, this year described it as “a great experience”. In a press statement issued by the NZ Defence Force, they said the biggest challenge was leaving loved ones behind. Officer cadet Ilimotama Rakavono, 26, from Tailevu...

Value City lends support for first joint forum

One of the biggest dealers in recycled goods in Fiji – Value City (SP) Ltd – is lending its support for the first joint forum of the Fiji-Australia and Australia-Fiji Business councils post-COVID and to support growth of our economy. The 2022 Fiji-Australia and Australia-Fiji Business council’s joint forum with the theme “Vuvale – The...

REALB focuses on compliance

The Real Estate Agents Licensing Board (REALB) has been raising awareness on the 2 per cent commission and real estate activity disbursements in the past few months. In addition to that, the REALB had also been focusing on the National Property Sales Database (NATPRO) and Portal program with effort been made as to how the...

Company to open first stand-alone IT shop

As work on the Damodar City project in the Northern Division progresses businesses continue to show interest in being a part of the development. Home & Living announced on Monday that it will open its first standalone IT shop at the Damodar City Labasa in the coming months. The company signed a lease agreement with...

Reliance on sugar ‘not what it was years ago’

The Fijian economy’s reliance on sugar is not what it was 30 or 40 years ago. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this when he officiated the opening of the 60th International Sugar Organisation (ISO) Council Meeting at Lautoka’s Tanoa Waterfront Hotel. “That is a natural progression as cane growing has given way to other growing...

Free Bird appoints new COO

Free Bird Institute has appointed Shaniza Bibi as its new Chief Operations Officer. Ms Bibi was the acting Finance Manager for Jacks Garments Pte Ltd. She holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Economics, and is presently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration. Ms Bibi is also an affiliate member of the Fiji...

16th August

Company records $8m revenue in 6 months

Pleass Global Ltd which is one of the listed companies on the South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPX) says the budget announcement to increase corporate tax for listed companies from 10 per cent to 20 per cent is not completely unexpected but very regrettable. Company chairman and managing director Warwick Pleass said the company was now...

Operator committed to offsetting carbon emissions

Fijian owned tourist transfer operator Tewaka has made a commitment to plant mangroves in a bid to offset their carbon emissions. The Nadi based company recently spent a day at the Natabua foreshore in Lautoka where sand erosion is an issue. Tewaka managing director James Sowane said that offsetting the company’s carbon footprint from its...

Premier expo – Pacific exporters to showcase products at exhibition

The southern hemisphere’s leading trade exhibition for the food, hospitality, and retail industries will be held from September 5 – 8 this year, providing exporters from across the Pacific region a platform to showcase their premium products. The Fine Food Australia trade show attracts more than 1000 exhibitors and alternates between Sydney and Melbourne each...

Cruise company confirms more visits

Carnival Australia has announced that its cruise ships and its sister liners will make 34 visits to Fiji over the next year. Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises president Marguerite Fitzgerald shared this with government representatives and local tourism stakeholders who converged at the Port of Lautoka to welcome more than 1000 visitors who were on...

$44.2m spent annually, study shows

A 2018 study revealed that PRE-COVID, cruise companies, passengers and crew combined spent approximately $44.2 million annually in Fiji. Permanent secretary for the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Shaheen Ali noted this in welcoming more than 1000 visitors on board the Pacific Explorer at the Port of Lautoka yesterday. “Based on a 2018...

Tourism recovery

Fiji has recovered half of its tourism numbers from the same period as 2019. Permanent secretary for Trade and Tourism Shaheen Ali shared this at the Port of Lautoka in welcoming the first cruise ship, Pacific Explorer, yesterday. “For the first half of this year – we have recovered over half our tourism numbers from...

15th August

Long-term approach for regional co-operation

Endorsement of the 2050 Strategy, that sets out the long-term vision, aspirations and approach by the Pacific Islands Forum economic leaders to work together, is critical to our long-term survival, says Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport. Mr Koya said the 2050 Strategy set out a long-term approach to work together and...

Collective strength – Resilient economic recovery and stability

The impact of COVID-19 on economies in the Pacific region was highlighted during a public lecture at the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) in Port Vila, Vanuatu last week. While speaking on the theme “Resetem Blue kontinent ekonomi: Building a resilient Blue Pacific”, Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya said COVID-19 had...

13th August

Revamp to ensure efficient operational system

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Fiji Airways revamped its management and service infrastructure to ensure a more efficient operational system. While speaking in Canada on Wednesday night, airline CEO Andre Viljoen said there were a total of 65 infrastructure improvements carried out during this process. “We took one third of our staff and called them are...

Opportunity for trade with British Columbia

Trade opportunities between Fiji and British Columbia have opened up with the new Vancouver flights by Fiji Airways. This was the lament of British Columbia’s Minister for Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon who recognised the importance of the new direct flights to the Canadian capital. “This is clearly a big day for Fiji...

Bookings exceed airline’s expectations

Fiji Airways’ overall bookings from August to next year have exceeded expectations for the national airline. While speaking in Vancouver this week, airline CEO and managing director Andre Viljoen said they have made over 400,000 bookings over the next 12 month period. “So starting from August and going forward for the 12 months, our overall...

3 per cent pay rise

Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) has awarded a 3 per cent pay increase to 450 Fiji Public Service Association (FPSA) members working at the organisation. The FPSA had sought a 10 per cent increase. “This will no doubt assist our members to get some respite from the high cost of living since the prices...

12th August

HOTEC is back

For those who aren’t familiar, HOTEC is an Expo organised by the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association for suppliers to the Hospitality Industry to showcase their products and services to the tourism industry. Our last HOTEC event was in 2019 and had been shelved during the lockdown. But this year we are back, bigger and...

Fiji doing well against its global competitors, says Hill

Fiji is doing extremely well against its other global tourism competitors, says Tourism Fiji chief executive Brent Hill. “There have been fantastic amount of businesses from Malamala Beach, South Sea Island to right to Sheraton,” Mr Hill said. “That’s really exciting from our perspective, and that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing. “We’re seeing tourists...

New route to offer cheaper flights, says Viljoen

Around 80,000 Canadian residents who trace their roots to Fiji can now have direct access to the country through Fiji Airways’ new Vancouver flight. Addressing guests after arriving on a promotional flight to Vancouver on Wednesday night, Fiji Airways CEO and managing director Andre Viljoen said the new route beginning on November 25 will offer...

Bank reaffirms its confidence in the local economy

This year BRED Bank Fiji marks its 10th year anniversary with a commitment of further investments in its Fiji operations. BRED Group chief executive officer Olivier Klein, who is in the country, met the bank’s corporate clients, mainly larger company CEOs who provided their views on the economy and their confidence in the economy. Mr...

Successful trade

Pacific Trade Invest Australia Trade and Investment commissioner Caleb Jarvis has heaped praises on Fijian kava exporters saying “Fijians have very successfully added value to traditional agricultural commodities”. He said Fiji kava had very good quality and well packaged. “Fiji is leading the charge in the exports particularly to Australia with the biggest volumes,” Mr...

11th August

New route will open up Canadian market for Fiji

Tourism Fiji has noted uplift in interest from visitors in Vancouver and some major cities across Canada. And chief executive Brent Hill heaped praises for the introduction of the Nadi-Vancouver route saying it would open up the Canadian market. “It’s really good to have another market; this is the perfect time for us to be...

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