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Are you vaccinated

This has become the start of many conversations around Fiji whether catching up on a Zoom meeting, on Viber message groups and family catch-ups, or lining up in the marked out two metre spaces at...

Act to help economic recovery

Fiji’s Investment Act 2020 is set to make approvals processes for foreign and domestic investment proposals more business friendly. According to the International Finance Corporation the reforms was spearheaded by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport (MCTTT) to streamline Fiji’s investment regulatory framework. It said Fiji’s Investment Act 2020 would increase the country’s...

Business expands its operations

Cyber Foods has now expanded their services into Lautoka City as this was also an opportunity to create more employment, says managing director Majid Shahzad. He said they had started their operations last week Wednesday and had three restaurants onboard so far. “We have another eight to seven restaurants who we are training at the...

Delivery service partners with restaurant

Fiji Eats has partnered with international restaurant chain McDonalds as their delivery agent in Nadi. According to director of Fiji Eats, Shanil Chandra, being able to meet their international standard requirements demonstrated Fiji Eats level of service. “McDonalds also has been the most requested restaurant so we are super excited to have an option for...

Chamber against total lockdown

A complete lockdown is not the solution to Fiji’s present COVID-19 outbreak, says Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industries president Pyara Singh. He explained that since the reopening of borders in the Western Division, business and people’s livelihoods have improved significantly. “With the opening of borders there has been improvement in the business sector,” he...

Applying for an ID card online

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) in partnership with Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) has introduced the joint identification card which provides proof of identify for taxpayers and FNPF members. The joint card can be obtained from FRCS and FNPF. Since the joint cards are required for most financial and legal transactions, there is...

Transitioning to a digital platform

Many businesses in Fiji are feeling the brunt of this pandemic and have had to close their businesses for weeks if not months due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in our communities. The current global crisis has pushed business owners to think outside the box and seek new ways to get their products advertised...

16th June

Most vulnerable miss out on targeted support

The most vulnerable in the informal economy including micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, women and youth, tend to miss out on targeted support such as during a pandemic. This was according to International Labour Organization office in the Pacific. “For example, even before the second wave, the absence of tourism resulted in increased job losses...

Reddy: No price regulations at containment borders

Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment Dr Mahendra Reddy has stated vegetable prices at the containment borders should not be regulated as the second wave of the pandemic was a temporary situation which would pass soon. He said this in relation to farmers at the border who were complaining about the middlemen taking advantage. In...

‘No jab no job’

To ensure the safety of staff garment manufacturer and exporter Mark One Apparel Ltd has declared a “no jab no job” deadline for its staff members. Company managing director Mark Halabe yesterday said allowing non-vaccinated staff to work would endanger the well-being of others and place higher risks on the company’s ability to keep exporting...

Daunivalu: Climate change could accelerate pests and diseases

FIJI Crop & Livestock Council (FCLC) chief executive officer Jiu Daunivalu has warned that climate change could accelerate the spread of pests and diseases. She recently made the comments while addressing participants at the “Independent Dialogue Series in Asia Pacific”. “Climate change is a major contributor to the increased threats of transboundary plant and animal...

Employees given choice for vaccination

As an employer, McDonald’s has encouraged all its staff members to get vaccinated as soon as they can. However Marc McElrath, who is the developmental partner for Vuvale Restaurants Fiji Ltd (parent company for McDonald’s), said it was the right of the employee to decide on being vaccinated or not. “Should they choose not to...

Telemedicine app for users

Vuniwai is said to be Fiji’s first online telemedicine app which would connect the public with healthcare professionals for consultations on health issues, book appointments, receive online prescriptions through their smartphone or laptop. According to Vodafone the VUNIWAI app enables users to chat with a doctor online or over live video from their smartphone or...

$30k support for relief efforts

The Asco Foundation is studying programs through which it can support the government’s and other non-profit partner organisations’ efforts in assisting those affected by this pandemic. In a market announcement yesterday, the foundation, which is the charitable arm of Toyota Tsusho (South Sea) Ltd (TTS), said it gave $30,000 to support the Sai Prema Foundation...

Back to business

The government has allowed businesses that put forward clear COVID-safe operational plans to open their doors. While addressing the nation on Friday, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said “if you are able to work, do not take that opportunity for granted.” He said it was a privilege that many wish they had. “Make sure you are...

Special approved business permit

The 28 storeys, WG Friendship Plaza in Suva have been granted the permit to operate by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport as a “Special Approved Business”. Acting manager of WG International Real Estate Company Fiji Ltd Julian Yuen said, “Divided into smaller operational bubbles, we are happy to be back at work...

Ministry grants permits to hairdressers and barbers

A total of 149 hairdressers and barbers applications have been approved with 503 people re-employed. This was according to the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport statement on its online social platform, as 58 applicants in the Central and 91 in the Western Division have been approved to operate. The owners of The Boss...

14th June

Retailer prepares to go online

Value City has begun preparatory works for its online sales platform as the company has received daily enquiries from customers wishing to buy affordable clothing. This was initiated when Suva went into lockdown which resulted in the closure of its warehouses, head office and all branches in the containment area. Managing director Vera Chute said...

Help for 5000 sugarcane farmers affected by pandemic

A total of 5000 sugarcane farmers who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be assisted by the Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association (RPCPA). The non-profit organisation, which works under Fair Trade International, will run the assistance program between Ba and Rakiraki. It will start with the distribution of sets each containing a cane...

13th June

TFL apps to manage workforce while complying with COVID-19 restrictions

Two new premier software applications – Tickatask and Rollcoll were launched by Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL) to efficiently manage its workforce while complying with COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. According to a statement Tickatask is a work and team management software solution that enables businesses to plan, assign and track employee activity and manage tasks, while...

12th June

ILO recommends dialogues and consultations

The International Labour Organization Office for Pacific Island Countries has recommended dialogues and consultation between employers and workers on getting vaccinations as a condition for work. It stated international labour standards do not directly address the question of mandatory vaccinations as a condition for work, so the legal basis for such a measure would largely...

$40,000 boost for city

The drastic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic to local businesses has not prevented Shailendra Chand from opening his new eatery in the heart of Lautoka City. The Indian Thali Restaurant located along Namoli Avenue was officially opened to food lovers in the Sugar City yesterday. Mr Chand said he felt the need to employ 11...

COVID-19: Council liaises with financial institutions for consumers’ debt restructure

The Consumer Council of Fiji is assisting consumers through advice, facilitation of debt restructure with financial institutions, and helping create a workable budget. And the Council says it stands ready to assist those who need any help with regaining financial balance and stability during this COVID-19 crisis. Consumer Council CEO Seema Shandil said with the...

11th June

Fiji-Australia signs agreement for additional budget support

Fiji and Australia have signed the second amendment to the Fiji Recovery and Resilience Budget Support Program that grants Fiji an additional $40.9million (AUD$26m) to support the island nation’s COVID-19 relief initiatives. The agreement was signed between Fiji’s Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes in Suva...

COVID-19: A Fijian businesswoman’s perspective

I am the owner of Party & Events Fiji and Fiji Weddings. We specialise in creating stunning celebrations throughout the beautiful Fiji Islands. Over the past 10 years, we have grown into Fiji’s leading events and wedding company, specialising in all aspects of event styling and management. We have proudly styled and managed some of...

97.7pc compliance from traders

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission has noted 97.7 per cent compliance among traders. According to FCCC chief executive officer Joel Abraham 54 warnings have been issued for prosecution for the remainder of those who were not in compliance. It was stated teams had been hard at work conducting inspections within non-containment zones, as well...

Chand calls for tightening of movement through borders

Labasa businessman and former National Federation Party parliamentarian Parmod Chand has called on Government to tighten movement through borders of Vanua Levu. With the continuous rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, Mr Chand who owns Parmod Enterprises Ltd said the North was safe from the pandemic thus the need to strictly control border movement....

Challenge for municipality

The Suva City Council is expecting a challenge in getting their ratepayers to pay their dues by August as they have amended their financial year to align with the government. According to Suva-Lami special administrators chairman Isikeli Tikoduadua, they were providing assistance to those ratepayers who were struggling to pay their dues because of the...

BSP Group introduces refreshed logo and tagline

The BSP Financial Group Limited (BSP) – formerly known as Bank of South Pacific Ltd – has launched a new logo. The financial institution states the logo is simplified, bolder, and more dominant with a modern look and feel. The new range of the banking group’s logos still maintains its iconic Kundu Drums, including its...

Cakaudrove and Bua copra farmers can resume sale of copra

Copra farmers in Cakaudrove and Bua can resume the sale of raw copra to Fiji Coconut Millers from next week. Company CEO John Deo said a team would be in Napuka, Saqani and Kubulau routes next Tuesday to buy raw copra. This purchase transaction was shelved after the mill in Savusavu was partly destroyed by...

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