Business

$4.5million Japanese investments over past 5 years

A TOTAL of $4.5 million worth of Japanese investments was recorded in Fiji over the past 5 years. This was according to the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Premila Kumar during the opening of...

26th February

400 Airbnb properties competing with hotels

There are over 400 Airbnb properties competing with the hotels and resorts however the growing market has been unregulated. This was revealed by Fiji Hotel and Tourism CEO Fantasha Lockington who said one of the reasons people could have been opting for this option was because of its affordability. β€œIt’s good to have more beds...

Paradise Beverages renews sponsorship for festival

FOR the fourth time this year, Paradise Beverages will be sponsoring the Thurston Music and Food Festival. The event hosted in Suva’s majestic Thurston Garden, will see the biggest names and hottest new acts in Fiji come together for a great day of music and entertainment. Knox Entertainment co-director Inoke Kalounisiga was overwhelmed with Paradise...

$2.9m arrears owed to Nausori Town Council

A TOTAL of $2.9 million is owed to the Nausori Town Council by ratepayers. Council acting CEO Lydia Racule said they were trying to encourage ratepayers to clear their dues. She warned that those who failed to pay their arrears would be dealt with accordingly. Ms Racule said last week 13 people were contacted by...

25th February

Tough competition from art imports to Fiji

THERE is a need for local businesses to embrace the concept of originality if they wish to succeed in their business or survive the competition. Sigavou Studios’ managing director Maria Rova was part of the Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC) trade show on Saturday. “I have been a member of WEBC since 2015 and our...

920 women graduates since 2015

ABOUT 920 women have graduated from the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre since 2015 with 80 per cent success rate of graduates starting their own business. Members from the centre were at the Women Entrepreneur’s Business Council (WEBC) Entrepreneurs Trade Show held at the Terry Walk in Suva on Saturday. Centre manager Shazna Khan said...

Women’s dairy group diversifies, invests into mushroom farming

THE Naitasiri Women in Dairy became role models for women when they stepped into the sector and now they have diversified their business with their entry into mushroom farming. Its president Susan Pocock said their decision for diversification into the mushroom cultivation had proved to be quite successful with the group being able to harvest...

Council plans to raise awareness on its work

THE Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC) is a council under the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF) with the specific objective of ensuring that the interests of women in business are protected and to offer a voice for those women entrepreneurs in the informal sector. Last weekend the WEBC held its first Entrepreneurs Trade Show...

Keep abreast with taxpayer behaviour, administrators told

TAX administrators need to keep abreast with changes to taxpayer behaviour and the role of taxpayer services is to effectively raise awareness to the general public to improve tax compliance, says Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association (PITAA) Head of Secretariat Koni Ravono. She made the statement at the opening of the regional workshop on Management...

Offence to charge commission

It is an offence for legal practitioners to charge commission to their clients in regards to the sale or purchase of real estate. This was according to the representative from the Fiji Law Society, Mereseini Vanua, during the National Real Estate Conference held in Pacific Harbour last week. “For us the Act is quite clear...

24th February

Call to work in collaboration with Customs officers

CUSTOMS have a key role to play, not only to facilitate trade and investment but also to protect local businesses and communities. This was one of the issues that were highlighted at the regional workshop on Customs Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Enforcement in Nadi recently. A statement from the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) stated that...

21st February

REALB lacks powers on those violating the law, says Hassan

THE Real Estate Agents Licensing Board has been facing many issues one of which includes the lack of powers to take stronger measures against those who were violating the law. This was revealed by the chairman Dr Abdul Hassan at the second National Real Estate conference today. He stated this had been prevalent since the...

Monisha, youngest business mogul, punches above her weight

ONE of the country’s youngest chief executive officers (CEO) is punching above her weight in her bid to achieve her dream at the age of 27. And breaking that glass ceiling is definitely an achievement of a lifetime for Monisha Naidu β€” the owner and chief executive officer of Mogul Marketing β€” a three-year-old 100...

Merger between PRB and Housing Authority

THE Public Rental Board is being merged with Housing Authority as part of the authority’s reforms. This was revealed by the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar, in Parliament on Wednesday. “We believe, Mr. Speaker sir, that this merger will allow logical investment, reduce overhead costs, and improve...

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