Timely revamp – Bid to create digitally-enabled services

Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Faiyaz Koya (right) with REALB chairperson Dr Abdul Hassan during the launch of the REALB website, strategic plan and rebranding in Suva yesterday. Picture: ABISHEK CHAND

The Real Estate Agents Licensing Board (REALB) has rebranded and launched a revamped website in its efforts to modernising its processes to create digitally-enabled services.

Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Faiyaz Koya, during the launch, said REALB had been working on five critical projects to improve service delivery, enhance organisational capacity and foster real estate industry compliance.

“Now, as part of these projects, which we will launch today, we witness REALB’s new logo, their 2022 – 2025 Strategic Plan, revamped website, an Online Agents Licensing Portal and the National Property Sales Database (NATPRO),” he said.

“The REALB, a relatively small organisation, has shown resilience, innovation and determination to develop the Online Agents licensing portal, with the commitment to digitise their processes.”

He added this transformation was an investment by the Fijian Government to align REALB with international best practices.

“It furthers the Government’s agenda to increase transparency and modernise REALB’s operations so that we may serve our stakeholders – the public – more efficiently. “An investment in a revamped website may seem like a small one, but its impact is much greater.

“Now, the public and agents can easily access credible information.

“This will enable agents and salespersons to confidently refer potential buyers to REALB’s website for verification purposes; because now the legitimacy and authenticity of the licences of these agents can be easily verified.”

Mr Koya said this would also give confidence to potential buyers to engage with these agents and salespersons — reducing any uncertainty and doubt in the market.

According to REALB chairperson Dr Abdul Hassan the old logo had been in use since 2006 and over the period a lot of changes had been made.

“It (old logo) doesn’t have any significance to what we are doing now, so the board thought of doing some changes,” he said.

“Hopefully with this in mind we will try to upgrade our activities and bring some changes as we go along,” said Dr Hassan.

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