Business

25th May

Gazette: Home-made businesses need approval

Those wishing to operate a home-based business need to obtain an approval from the permanent secretary responsible for town planning, states a gazette notice published on May 6 and authorised by Minister for Trade and...

World Bank approves $106m for unemployment aid

The World Bank has approved $106 million in support for unemployment assistance and the creation of about 10,000 jobs through the new Jobs for Nature 2.0 (JFN2) cash-for-work program in Fiji. Approved by the board of executive directors, the additional financing for the World Bank’s Fiji Social Protection COVID-19 Response and System Development Project will...

24th May

Omission of data

The Fiji Bureau of Statistics and the World Bank says the omission of data on non-food items in the Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2019-2020 (HIES) resulted in the underestimation of household expenditure, a technical note jointly released by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics and the World Bank said. The World Bank recently revised Fiji’s...

$6.3million grant for Fiji tourism

The Nadi International Airport will soon be bolstered with inspection facilities to cater for the increased number of tourists arriving into the country. The “Enhancing COVID-19 Preparedness for Tourism Recovery” project was made possible with the recent signing of a $6.3 million grant by the Asian Development Bank and the Government yesterday. This financial deal...

23rd May

Training focuses on child safe tourism policies

Staff of tourism industry businesses underwent a two-day training on Child Safe Tourism and Respectful Workplaces Policies where participants learnt about tools to recognise, respond to, and report incidents of child exploitation and abuse within their workplaces. According to a statement from the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) it had completed their two-day training...

Council reacts to call for fare hike

The Consumer Council of Fiji believes the call by taxi associations for the extreme increase in taxi fares would not only have a huge impact on Fijian commuters, but will also negatively impact the taxi businesses. The council in a statement highlighted the Fiji Taxi Association had called for an increase from the current 10...

21st May

New in the market – Turning a hobby into a lucrative business

The local market caters for those who love pre-loved clothing, kitchenware and even second-hand vehicles. However there are not many options for those who may be interested in used furniture. A new business that just opened its doors to consumers yesterday at Jerusalem Rd, Nabua, is just the place for those who love investing in...

New appointments

The Fiji Times Pte Ltd has appointed John Kamea as the acting deputy editor The Sunday Times, Paula Tuvuki as the deputy chief sub editor and Rodney Duthie as the Sports editor effective from April 29, May 6 and February 1 respectively. Kamea started with The Fiji Times in September 18 and had worked in...

Insurance services made easier and accessible

Tower Insurance customers in the Western Division have access to the company’s digital insurance kiosk now available at the Asco Motors office in Lautoka. While launching the new digital platform yesterday, Tower Pacific managing director Paula ter Brake said the initiative would make insurance easier and more accessible for their customers. “When you work hard...

Credit guarantee scheme assisted businesses

During COVID-19 pandemic when the economy contracted by 17.2 per cent the first businesses to be affected were the SMEs. This was according to the Reserve Bank of Fiji governor Ariff Ali during the submissions to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on the compliance audits relating to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Credit Guarantee...

Positive statistics – 46,680 visitors arrived in April this year

A total of 46,680 visitors arrived in Fiji in April this year. This latest figure from the Fiji Bureau of Statistics was welcomed by Tourism Fiji chief executive Brent Hill who stated he was thrilled and optimistic with these numbers. “We’re beginning to see more travellers come to Fiji as restrictions lift and I would...

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