Business

Businesses slowly on the rise

A survey tracking the effects of COVID-19 on businesses in the Pacific region indicates that while the impact of COVID-19 on businesses across the Pacific has remained relatively stable, Pacific business engagement in e-commerce is...

Koya: Borders to open; don’t let your guard down

We must not let our guard down, says Minister for Tourism Faiyaz Koya as the country looks forward to the reopening of international borders on December 1. He said while the tourism industry has had positive responses from international visitors such as Australia, Fijians must continue to adhere to COVID-19 protocols to ensure everyone’s safety....

26th November

Workforce transformation

This pandemic has brought about significant changes and transforming the way business is done is one of them. This year’s BSP Life 2021 FHRI annual convention, that starts today, carries the theme “Workforce transformation – Step up and be business focused”, which according to the Fiji Human Resource Institute president Kameli Batiweti, is a fitting...

Resort completes multimillion dollar facelift

The Club Wyndham Denarau Island has completed a multi-million dollar refurbishment of their property. This was revealed by general manager Kaydee George. “We have done a full building repainting works, roofing works and also refurbished the hot pool,” she said. Ms George said she was confident that the renovations and upgrades that they had made...

Great potential

The demand and potential out there in the digital economy is vast especially in the e-commerce space, says Minister for Commerce and Tourism Faiyaz Koya. While in Nadi this week, he explained the steps taken by the ministry to take advantage of the economic potential in the digital economy. “To graduate Fijian businesses online, the...

Fijian Government deploys COVID Safe Ambassadors to monitor compliance

The Fijian Government has deployed COVID Safe Ambassadors to conduct surveillance of Fijian businesses to ensure operations are in compliance with COVID-19 safety measures. The ambassadors’ duties are sanctioned by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transports – in collaboration with the Ministry of Health & Medical Services, Fiji Police Force, and Fijian Competition...

25th November

On the final stretch – Tourism industry busy and abuzz as reopening date approaches

With only a few days to go to December 1, the Fiji tourism industry is buzzing. Busy and abuzz with anticipation and some trepidation that they can roll out the myriad lists of health and safety protocols, as well as the usual nerves with the opening to a full house after almost two years of...

Entrepreneur looks forward to reopening of business

Nadi business owner Tracey Farrington is looking forward to the reopening of borders to international visitors on December 1. After suffering considerable loss at the height of Fiji’s COVID-19 crisis that resulted in the 10 year old Nadi Farmers Club closing down, Mrs Farrington said she was both excited and nervous to welcome back tourists....

Industry ready for border reopening

With less than seven days left to December 1, Minister for Tourism and Commerce Faiyaz Koya says Fiji’s Tourism industry was more than ready to welcome back international visitors after an almost two year wait. He said tourist stakeholders were prepared for the long awaited border reopening and have met all of the necessary COVID19...

Easy access to finance

An agreement signed between the Fiji Development Bank and Fiji Rice Ltd will enable rice farmers get access to finance in terms of loans at an affordable interest rate. Under the FDB’s new financial solution Rice Mobility Package which was launched yesterday, rice farmers without any formal lease can access loans with a minimum of...

Koya: Trade and investment critical to PICs growth

Fiji’s Minister for Commerce and Trade Faiyaz Koya says trade and investment play an increasingly critical role in the growth of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and has led to the development of many essential sectors, both in goods and services. Speaking at the Third Japan-Pacific Islands Economic Forum yesterday, Mr Koya said the increase in...

Nadi Airport achieves reaccreditation by Airports Council International

The Nadi International Airport has achieved reaccreditation by the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Health Reaccreditation for its COVID-19 health and safety measures. And this achievement has been commended, particularly ahead of next week’s official opening of the country’s international border. Fiji Airports chairperson Geoffrey Shaw said the confirmation of the reaccreditation by Airports Council International...

24th November

A tourism dream

A visit to Fiji in 1984 gave birth to the beginning of dream to live and thrive in Fiji that would eventuate in the 21st century along the white sandy beaches of Savusavu. When American investor Robert Bryce returned in 2008 after sailing the Pacific waters, he knew it was time to achieve that dream...

SMEs turn to business advisors in the pandemic

During the first and second wave of COVID-19 in Fiji, SMEs were constantly under pressure to keep their businesses afloat due to less or no income being generated. SMEs then looked up to Business Link Pacific (BLP) who were providing free business diagnostics, free business health checks and BLP was also referring these SMEs to...

Pacific businesses still feel brunt of pandemic

The extent and severity of COVID-19 on Pacific businesses has worsened, with 75 per cent reporting a negative impact (up from 72 per cent last wave, according to the Pacific Trade Invest’s (Australia) Pacific Business Monitor for November. PTI Australia highlighted that the COVID-19 outbreak caused a global health emergency and an economic slowdown impacting...

Entrepreneur diversifies into a new business venture

Mention the name Kamini Narayan if you are in the west, and many would immediately link her to the Greater Good Foundation and her love for dogs. Her love for animals is legendary and her passion for man’s best friend knows no equal. However, when COVID-19 hit, Ms Narayan and her business partner, who prefers...

Call for public submissions

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) has drafted the VAT (value added tax) Bill with the primary objective to have it in a simplified language and text which allows for easier interpretation and application of provisions within the legislation and align to the current way of conducting business. With this in mind, the FRCS...

Fijian fashion designers encouraged to embrace e-commerce

Fiji’s Minister for Commerce and Trade Faiyaz Koya has encouraged Fiji’s fashion industry players to embrace the e-commerce space. Speaking at the launch of Tracey Farrington Fiji’s resort wear collection in Nadi last night, Mr Koya said designers like Tracey had an open door to the internet, social media and e-commerce. And as a spirited...

Company focus on digitisation

Going digital is the most economical means for a hardware company like Vinod Patel to reach out to its customers. According to the chief executive officer Rahul Amin, in the long term, digital is the way to go forward. “We’re looking at having a full online presence, we’re looking at putting in last mile services so customers get a...

23rd November

Alternative pathways

The Fiji Blue Carbon project is expected to identify alternative pathways and financing options to safeguard Fiji’s management and restoration of mangroves. According to the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Waterways and Environment Joshua Wycliffe, it brought together governments, non-profit organisations and research organisations to increase attention and demand action of coastal blue carbon ecosystems. “With support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade...

Ministry calls on derelict vessel owners for removal

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Waterways and Environment Joshua Wycliffe is calling upon owners of derelict vessels to remove them from the harbour. He said this was not only harming the ocean where it was wrecked but the surrounding environment communities and marine life was also being impacted. “So this is my plea to the owners of those derelict...

Held accountable – Proposed Bill: $10k fine for unregistered accounting firms

Institute of Chartered Accountants Bill 2021, unregistered accounting firms will face a fine of up to $10,000 and the company director could serve a prison sentence. This was one of the disciplinary actions stipulated under the proposed Bill which was discussed in Tavua during consultation conducted by the parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights. According to the proposed Bill,...

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