Fiji mulls new policies to boost economic development

Venkat Raman Auckland, May 11, 2019 Creation of special Economic Zones, improved incentives for Foreign Direct Investors (FDI) and local investors, Policies and Programmes based on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) including better housing and infrastructure are among the challenges confronting the Government of Fiji as it moves to fulfil its election promises. Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama led his…

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Bank to issue Fijian Dollar bonds for global investors

Posted from Suva, Fiji The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Fijian Government have agreed to work together on the planned issue of offshore Fijian dollar-linked bonds by ADB. Under the initiative, taken during a meeting between ADB Vice-President for Finance and Risk Management Ingrid van Wees and Fijian Attorney General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, ADB will seek to…

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Memories of Girmityas continue as youngsters take charge

Thakur Ranjit Singh May 14 is a significant and historical day in the Fijian calendar. Apart from Sitiveni Rabuka’s first coup, its foremost significance was the arrival of the first Girmit ship ‘Leonidas,’ with 479 Indian indentured immigrants, who we call Girmityas. That significant year was 140 years ago, in 1879. This followed 82 other ships that transported over 60,000…

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Fiji revokes big Chinese resort’s rights in Malolo

Mark Jennings and Melanie Reid The Chinese developer of a new resort on a Fijian Island faces a massive clean-up bill after Fiji’s Department of Environment cancelled the Project’s approval. The cancellation came a day after Newsroom journalists who have been investigating the development on Malolo Island were freed after being detained by police in the capital, Suva, after seeking answers…

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Bainimarama apologies to journalists

Newsroom Staff Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has said that he ordered the release of Newsroom’s three journalists. He met with them on April 4, 2019 to apologise, along with Fiji’s Minister for Environment and the Commissioner of Police. Newsroom Co-Editor Mark Jennings, Investigations Editor Melanie Reid and Freelance Cameraman Hayden Aull were detained at Suva’s Central Police Station overnight while Police considered…

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