Lautoka Port to boost Fijian economy

A new port facility in Lautoka is expected to herald a new era of accelerated economic growth with increasing job prospects, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has said. Participating at a ground-breaking ceremony on March 6, he said that the Amex Resources facility will include a new wharf and ship-loading infrastructure to export mined iron sand, the first such to reach…

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Immigration approves declined applicants

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has apologised to 253 potential Indian migrants for having wrongly declined their applications earlier. Readers may recall a news item that we had carried on this page in our October 1, 2013 issue in which we had stated that INZ was reassessing 450 applications following an Ombudsman’s ruling. The Ombudsman, in upholding at least 14 complaints,…

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New Forum to address immigration issues

Immigration is an emotional issue, involving people – individuals, families and businesses. People migrate from a comparatively less developed country to the so-called ‘fully developed countries’ such as Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and US (to mention a few) to brighten their own prospects or to secure better education and career for their children. There are also people ‘forced’ to…

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Ethnic businesses deserve better treatment

Ethnic businesses, especially Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) deserve support and despite their strong commitment and progress, they are often ignored, Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collin said. In a hard-hitting speech at the opening session of a Business Forum organised by the Wellington based Federation of Multicultural Councils on March 8, 2014, she said that apart from under-reporting in the…

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