Business

20th September

Hard work pays off

A SMALL-scale dairy farmer believes there is profit in any business if you work hard and have a savings plan. Veniasi Moroca looks after his family dairy farm — Burenicava Farm — in Serea, Vunidawa,...

Concern over global tech films

CONCERN was raised by the Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Inia Seruiratu, on foreign-owned global tech companies and how to keep checks on them. Mr Seruiratu highlighted the issue at the opening of the two-day CPA Congress 2019 at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa on Yanuca Island yesterday. “In Fiji, we feel...

19th September

Vodafone Fiji focus on cloud services

SMARTPHONES have become the key device used these days to carry out business deals and other similar transactions. Vodafone Fiji’s chief operating officer Ronald Prasad said they were focusing on cloud services which meant that data stored in the cloud by businesses – either small businesses or by huge enterprises – was much more secure....

CPA Congress, latest major regional and international gathering in Fiji

THE annual CPA Congress is only the latest in the string of major regional and international gatherings Fiji has had the privilege to host on the Fijian shores. Speaking at the CPA Congress this morning, Minister for Defense Inia Seruiratu said he believed that the congress, with its range of accomplished speakers, to be among...

Fijian Government recognise kava as a crucial crop: Sovalawa

THE Fijian Government recognised kava as a crucial crop. Deputy Secretary for Agriculture Development, Jone Sovalawa said this during the regional Codex Committee meeting currently being held in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The proposed regional standard for the use of Kava products as a beverage was discussed at the meeting. “The Ministry of Agriculture recognizes kava...

Bank to open ‘superbranch’ by early next year

WESTPAC Fiji is set to open a “superbranch” at the renovated Garden City complex in Suva by early next year. According to the bank, construction is in progress on the 637 square metre branch. Chief executive officer Kip Hanna said the new branch would be the first of its kind in Fiji, not only in...

Intelligence unit aims to widen net

THE Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) will have a wider access to information regarding suspicious transactions and individuals once it gets access to the INTERPOL database. FIU director Razim Buksh yesterday said with its database and expertise, the unit had the capacity to provide real-time information which ranged from investments in bonds, securities and any similar...

18th September

Electricity tariffs to go up by 2.74 per cent

CONSUMERS will be paying about 0.91 cents extra per unit for their electricity usage effective from October 1 after the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission approved a 2.74 per cent increase in electricity tariffs. However, this increase is 14.53 per cent less than what was requested by Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL) in its submission for...

Promotion proceeds to support dialysis centre

PROCEEDS from the Vodafone Fiji’s text and win promotion held during the Friendly North Festival this year will go towards the committee’s biggest project — the Northern Dialysis Centre. Festival committee trustee Hazim Hussain made the statement at the handover of a $80,000 Toyota Hilux vehicle to promotion winner Parvin Lata at the Asco Motors...

Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission. Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham responds to the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs at Parliament yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Cost of 10GB data line to drop

TELECOMMUNICATIONS service providers will now only pay $640 for a 10-gigabyte line compared with $40,000 for the same from next month which should eventually lead to reduction in prices for consumers. According to the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC), the cost of a 10GB line was $256,000 which was initially reduced to $40,000. FCCC...

17th September

Nadi woman wins 2019 Toyota Hilux

PARVIN Lata of Votualevu, Nadi today walked away with a 2019 Toyota Hilux worth $80,000 as part of the Friendly North Festival 2019 text and win promotion. Mrs Lata said she had texted about 10 times during the promotion and was excited when she was informed of her win. Vodafone Fiji head of recharge and...

16th September

Exchange hosts annual awards

THE South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPX) now represents 11 different sectors of the economy and has a market capitalisation with an year to date average of $3.5 billion. This was highlighted by SPX chairwoman Dr Nur Bano Ali during the exchange’s annual awards event in Suva last Friday as she noted the key recent achievements...

15th September

Captain Cook Cruises raise $17k for Cure Kids Fiji

CAPTAIN Cook Cruises Fiji successfully raised $17,000 for Cure Kids Fiji during a unique and innovative year-long fundraising campaign. Captain Cook Cruises Fiji general manager Tony Acland said the money would go towards Cure Kids Fiji’s efforts to assist children faced with health issues. He said the company was grateful for its supportive staff and...

14th September

Company rewards staff members, celebrates values

VINOD Patel & Co Pte Ltd celebrated the values of its founding shareholders and hard work of staff members at an awards function held recently. Company group manager – governance and corporate affairs, Latileta Qoro said there were seven categories of awards this year and a total of 19 awards with the main awards for...

36th regatta attracts more than 80 yachts

MORE than 80 cruising yachts from across the Pacific and around the world have confirmed participation in the 36th Fiji Regatta which began yesterday at Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina. Resort general manager Garry Snodgrass said this year’s event would have a charity and environment angle. “What I like about this year is our...

‘Need for reforms’

NEWLY appointed Housing Authority CEO says there is a need for the organisation to work with stakeholders to improve its services to customers and achieve its mandate of providing affordable housing. At a press conference at the HA headquarters in Valelevu, new CEO Robert Sen said the policies, procedures and corporate goals of the organisation...

13th September

Housing Authority appoints new CEO; Responds to challenge of providing affordable homes

HOUSING Authority has set a benchmark to develop at least 1000 lots a year as part of the reforms that the organisation will go through to improve its services. Authority board chairman Nezbitt Hazelman said providing affordable homes to the people had become a challenge for the authority in the absence of a CEO in...

Fijian agro-exporters participate at Aussie Fine Food show

SELECTED Fijian agro-exporters and the Fijian Government participated at the Fine Food show this week. This was held at the International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia. Ministry of Agriculture’s chief economist Sera Bose said this year, Fiji’s stand featured seven agro-processing enterprises. “This is part of our ongoing commitment to building export pathways...

Navutulevu joinery sets foundation for villagers

ESTABLISHED in 2017, the Navutulevu joinery has set the foundation of joinery works in the village of Navutulevu in Serua. Plans to establish a joinery began initially after government officials conducted joinery training including the use of chainsaws and portable in the village. “The government donated a portable that we are currently using to cut...

Post Fiji welcomes new CEO

POST Fiji Pte Ltd will be going through changes within the interest of the company as a new chief executive officer takes the helm. This was highlighted by new CEO Dr Anirudha Bansod during his welcoming ceremony in Suva today. “Post services all over the world are going through a challenging moment because of consumer...

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