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Papua New Guinea has officially committed $20.1 million toward preparations for the 2014 General Election after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fijian Government today.

A further $20 million will be discussed and dispatched in 2015.

The Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office, Pio Tikoduadua, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Fijian Government, said the assistance was provided in the true Melanesian spirit and it would contribute toward helping Fiji make the transition to Parliamentary democracy through the country’s first truly democratic election.

“On behalf of people and Government of Fiji we thank you and please convey our gratitude to your Prime Minister and the people for this very generous assistance in helping Fiji cross that line,” he said.

The Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, also thanked the PNG government for following through on its commitment made last year during Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s visit to the country.

The Attorney-General said that thanks to careful planning the Fijian Elections Office has already produced a detailed break-down of how all international assistance – including PNG’s contribution – will be utilised.

“Working with our international elections experts, we’ve taken the time to do things the right way so that we avoid donor overlap and ensure that there is transparency,” he said.

Papua New Guinea has commended the work carried out by the Fijian Elections Office.

This was the assessment of PNG Government’s chief secretary, Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc who is in Fiji to work out the details for rolling out the assistance.

“I am very satisfied with the information provided by Fijian officials and can report back to my Government with satisfaction that the Fijians have told us exactly how they are going to spend the money”, Mr Zurenuoc said.

The first payment of $6 million will be made at the end of this month to the Elections Office.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum receives Vehicles & Electoral Commission announced


Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is in France to receive the third of Fiji Airways’ A330s later today.

He is pictured here in Toulouse with Mike Moore, Fiji Airways’ Programme Director, and a group of Fiji Airways’ engineers involved in the A330 hand-over program.

On Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Bainimarama will greet the new Airbus as it arrives in Fiji for the first time, at a special ceremony in the Fiji Airways Hangar Facility in Nadi. The ceremony will be attended by other dignitaries, members of the tourism industry and Fiji Airways’ staff.



The launch of the inaugural trip for a tourist cruise ship today to the Lau group demonstrate the positive growth of Fiji’s tourism industry.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities Mr Timoci Lesi Natuva as he officiated on behalf of Government at the inaugural launch .

“This new development will boost our thriving tourism industry by attracting more tourists into our shores.”

The Minister highlighted the contribution from the tourism sector to Fiji adding that it is “Fiji’s fastest growing industry in terms of employment creation and foreign exchange earnings”.

Today’s launch will see the vessel set sail for the first time to the Lau Group and in particular to Vanuabalavu, Fulaga Island, Kabara, Totoya and Wailagilagi. This, the Minister said would influence and boost employment for locals living in these communities.

“It provides an opportunity for small village businesses such as the sale of art and craft products such as wood carvings, baskets and necklaces by villagers.”

Tourists who were the first to sail today were treated to a performance by the police jazz band also performed at today’s event.

Fighting Poverty Through Small Business

Fijian Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum distributed copies of the 2013 Constitution at McDonalds Nadi on Saturday evening, 21 September 2013

Fijian Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum distributed copies of the 2013 Constitution at McDonalds Nadi on Saturday evening, 21 September 2013.

Sigatoka Market_Fijian Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum distributed thousands of copies of the 2013 Constitution at the Sigatoka Market on Saturday 21 September 2013

Fijian Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum distributed thousands of copies of the 2013 Constitution at the Sigatoka Market on Saturday 21 September 2013.

Fiji Elections Office Needs Supervisor of Elections


The Fiji Elections Office is calling for applications for the position of Supervisor of Elections in the lead up to the 2014 parliamentary elections.

The advertisement has been published locally and has also been distributed overseas through diplomatic channels.

The Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said that the Bainimarama Government was particularly encouraging applications from elections experts overseas.

“It is very important that this position be filled by an individual with the necessary skills and expertise, who can build capacity in the Elections Office and who can ensure that Fiji’s national elections are conducted in a fair, transparent and credible manner,” said the Minister.

The position is established under the 2013 Constitution and key responsibilities include administrating the registration of voters and conducting elections for Members of Parliament.

Preferably, applicants must have at least 15 years’ experience in conducting elections and must be able to demonstrate that they have the skills and capacity to conduct national elections in one day using best international practices.

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they have the ability and a plan to build long term capacity, skills transfer and career paths within the Elections Office.

Applications must be received by no later than Friday, 25 October 2013.

FEA Employees to Receive Performance-Based Bonuses

The Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) will be paying out performance-based bonuses to all of its 729 employees  for the 2012 financial year.

Those who will benefit include all of FEA’s 691 salary and wage earners, as well as established and senior staff.

For salary and wage earners, the payout totals $887,979.08.

The amount to be paid to each individual will be based on the results of performance reviews carried out by the FEA and audited independently by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“The Bainimarama Government is committed to the principal of rewarding hardworking Fijians in our public enterprises and civil service,” said the Attorney-General and Minister for Public Enterprises, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

“These bonuses are based on performance and output and the Government recognises workers’ commitment  and their productivity,” the Minister said.

The Minister also recognised the strong partnership between the workers and the management as a key factor in the improvement of FEA’s financial performance and productivity over the years, and especially in 2012.

FEA recorded a net profit after tax of $75.3M for the 2012 financial year – a 45 per cent increase compared to 2011.

FEA Board Chairman, Mr. Nizam Ud-Dean, said that the organisation has continued to attain a good level of performance and this was an important factor in an entity such as FEA, which has very high targets for both capital and recurrent budgets and a high demand for reliable service.

FEA CEO, Mr Hasmukh Patel, said he wishes to convey his heartfelt appreciation to his team for their invaluable contribution and tireless efforts in achieving this level of performance and looks forward to their continued support in ensuring an even better performance in the years ahead.

Fijian Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum Presents Constitution – Part 1