New statute promises improved accountability

Jyoti Prabha Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum introduced to the Fijian Parliament on November 30, 2018 the ‘Code of Conduct Bill of 2018,’ promising that it will usher in a new era of ‘accountability and transparency by public servants.’ He said that the proposed Legislation related to Section 149 of the Fijian Constitution prescribing a written law…

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A small, positive chapter in New Zealand-Fiji relations

‘Fiji Diwali Night 2018’ brings together people Venkat Raman It was another positive chapter in the long and eventful history of people-to-people relations a more than 100 people gathered at the Hauraki Room of the Grand Mercure Hotel in Auckland City on Friday, November 2, 2018 to mark the Festival of Lights. Guests of Honour New Zealand’s Social Development Minister…

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UAE grants US$ 5 million for three new schools

Supplied Content The strengthened bilateral ties between Fiji and United Arab Emirates has led to the assistance of US$ 5 million which will see the construction of three schools in Navua, Sigatoka and Lautoka. A Cooperation Agreement was signed yesterday (November 8, 2018) at the Ministry of Economy Headquarters to formalise the partnership between the Fijian Government and UAE delegation…

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PM-FM meet paves way for stronger Indo-Fiji ties

Venkat Raman Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has exalted his country’s relationship with India, saying that the world’s largest democracy has always been a friend and supporter. Following a meeting held with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New York on Tuesday (September 25), he acknowledged ‘India’s many contributions to Fiji’s development, culture and people-to-people exchanges.” Mr Bainimarama,…

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Government refutes poverty and income inequality allegations

Staff Reporter Fiji’s Attorney General and Minister of Economy Aiyaz Syed-Khaiyum has refuted allegations by the Head of Catholic Church of Fiji that poverty rates and income inequality are on the rise. The Church has since apologised for the allegations published in its Newsletter on October 5, 2018 but Mr Syed-Khaiyum has issued the following Statement “to set the record…

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Fight against Climate Change should go beyond politics

Bainimarama’s frank speech in California Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has challenged international and regional leaders to be more assertive in their efforts to fight climate change. Speaking at the opening plenary of the Global Climate Action Summit on Saturday, September 15, 2018 in San Francisco, he appealed to “the national and regional leaders in the room, and around…

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Friendly policies attract investors to Fiji

Supplied Content The manufacturing sector is often regarded as the backbone of any economy, as it drives employment, creates know how and encapsulates a much wider network of ancillary suppliers. Being the ‘Hub of the Pacific,’ Fiji is also a strategic trans-shipment and re-export centre for cargo traded between the Pacific Island States. Trade Agreements for access Fiji is signatory…

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‘Enslaved in Paradise’ released in Wellington

Sir Anand Satyanand The Wellington launch of Rajendra Prasad’s latest book, ‘Enslaved in Paradise’ was a well-attended community occasion on Saturday, September 22, 2018, jointly promoted by community organisation Ekta, and the Wellington Hindi School. The author led off explaining that a sequel to ‘Tears in Paradise’ was necessary because, having focused in his first book on past tribulations of…

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Australia reposes faith in Fijian elections

Selita Bolanavanua Australia has confidence in the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) to deliver a credible and fair election this year, High Commissioner John Feakes has said. Speaking to the Fiji Sun, he said that election held in 2014 was judged by international observers as credible and reflective of the will of the people. Credible exercise “I am confident that the…

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