Korean International Cooperation Agency to Open Regional Office in Fiji

The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is establishing a regional office in Suva set to open in March 2016 to promote development cooperation between Korea and Fiji, along with other Pacific Islands countries. The Vice President of KOICA, Mr. Kim In and other representatives of the group met with Attorney General, Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to [...]

INCREASES IN PORT CHARGES WILL HAVE INSIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON PRICES

Recent increases to ports tariffs will have little or no impact on the price of goods, according to the Attorney General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He was responding to claims by the Fiji Ship Owners Association (FSOA), which he said had misrepresented the impact of the tariff increases and failed to acknowledge [...]

ARTISANS GENERATE MORE THAN $300,000 IN SALES AT 2015 NATIONAL WOMEN’S EXPO

The 600 participating artisans at the 2015 National Women’s Expo generated more than $300,000 in sales in just two days, announced the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum closed the Expo Friday, describing the event as an exemplary platform for enhancing economic opportunities for women artisans and applauding the artisans for [...]

MEDIA RELEASE: STATEMENT FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON DAMAGE TO CANE CROPS IN THE VICINITY OF THE YAQARA PASTORAL COMPANY LIMITED

The Government has put in place a series of measures to deal with the issue of stray cattle damaging sugar farms in the vicinity of the Yaqara Pastoral Company Limited (YPCL) in northern Viti Levu. Contrary to claims being made by the leader of the National Federation Party, Biman Prasad, that the Government has failed [...]

MEDIA RELEASE: FIJI’S ANNUAL ECONOMIC GROWTH SOARS PAST 5 PER CENT

Fiji’s longest running period of economic expansion has seen the economy break through the 5 per cent barrier. The economy grew by 5.3 per cent in 2014, according to provisional figures on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) released by the Bureau of Statistics. The biggest driver of growth was the transport sector (up 1.9 per cent [...]

MEDIA RELEASE: MINISTRY OF FINANCE KICKS OFF 2016 BUDGET CONSULTATIONS

The Attorney General and Minister for Finance, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum led Round 1 of the 2016 Budget Consultations over the past five days, meeting with all the government ministries and a number of associations and independent institutions. The meetings, which covered ministry submissions for the 2016 National Budget, follow the AG’s recent unprecedented public consultations [...]

FIJI AND ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK PLAN FIJIAN WATER FACILITIES UPGRADE

Fiji and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have engaged in talks to finance the upgrading of Fijian water and sewage systems. Attorney General Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum met with ADB President, Mr. Takehito Nakao, Friday morning to discuss how ADB can become more involved in Fijian development projects. Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said that Fiji’s recent reforms to [...]

MEDIA RELEASE: FIJI AND THE NETHERLANDS DISCUSS ISSUE OF ‘CLIMATE REFUGEES’

Climate change and infrastructure development have dominated a meeting in Suva between the acting Prime Minster Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and the new Netherlands ambassador to Fiji H.E. Rob Zaagman. Ambassador Zaagman – who is based in Wellington – paid a courtesy call on the acting PM as part of a list of engagements which also [...]

NEW ZEALAND BAN ON FIJIAN PRODUCE ON THE WAY TO RESOLUTION

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) New Zealand has acknowledged to Fijian authorities that its broad suspension of agricultural imports from Fiji is inappropriate and out of step with the Bilateral Quarantine Agreement (BQA) and international standards, and has asked to meet with Fijian officials to resolve the issue. In a letter to the MPI, [...]

ATTORNEY-GENERAL MEETS WITH CHINESE DELEGATION TO DISCUSS INCREASED COOPERATION IN VITAL SECTORS

Fiji and China explored options on Monday for cooperation to improve Fiji’s health, agriculture and education sectors and to further develop the nation’s infrastructure. Attorney General Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum met with a Chinese delegation from the Hubei Province led by Mr. Lee Hongzong, Party Secretary of the CPC Hubei Provincial Committee and Chairman of the [...]