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Japan government has sounded out Amamiya about becoming BOJ governor -Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan’s government has sounded out Bank of Japan (BOJ) Deputy Governor Masayoshi Amamiya to succeed incumbent Haruhiko Kuroda as central bank governor, the Nikkei newspaper reported early on Monday, citing anonymous government and...

No one is exempt from the law – Tikoduadua

Home Affairs Minister Pio Tikoduadua has reiterated that no one is exempt from the law. He made this comment while speaking on the crucial importance of the separation of powers by law enforcement agencies under his ministry. “Even though I am the minister responsible, I have a mandate of government. The police should only respond...

Debt ‘limits’ State’s capacity

Fiji’s $10 billion national debt and a further $1.8b in contingent liabilities will severely limit the Coalition Government’s capacity to borrow further for critical capital expenditure on infrastructure such as roads, ports, hospitals, water and sewerage. “Our national debt also restricts the Government’s ability to direct spending into key areas such as education, health and...

‘No one above the law’

No matter how high one’s public status is, no one is exempt from the law. This was reiterated by Minister for Home Affairs Pio Tikoduadua as he spoke about the crucial importance of the separation of powers by law enforcement agencies under his ministry. “Even though I am the minister responsible, I have a mandate...

5th February

Saneem: A-G acted contrary to the law

Former supervisor of elections Mohammed Saneem says while resigning from his position, he had highlighted critical issues with the Constitutional Offices Commission (COC). In a statement released on Friday evening, he said he resigned from his position because he found the process followed by the Constitutional Offices Commission lacked natural justice, good governance and certain...

Saneem questions legality of immigration watch list

Former supervisor of elections Mohammed Saneem has questioned the legality of his name being placed on the immigration watch list in the absence of an official Stop Departure Order. He was prevented from travelling to Australia while attempting to board a flight at the Nadi International Airport on Friday morning. In a statement, Mr Saneem...

4th February

PM Rabuka: Aiyaz a ‘person of interest’

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says the former attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, may have his “movement out of Fiji” restricted if he was subjected to any prosecutorial processes. He made the comments in an interview this week with New Zealand-based Tagata Pasifika. Mr Rabuka said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was allowed to leave the country initially because “there was...

FICAC stops Saneem; FEO refers him to FICAC

Former supervisor of elections Mohammed Saneem was stopped from leaving the country yesterday at the Nadi International Airport. He was stopped after he was referred to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for alleged abuse of office and for corrupting benefits given to, or received by, a public official offences. Mr Saneem’s stop order...

Prasad: There will be no mini-budget

“We’re not about that kind of inconsistency and haphazard policy making.” This was the statement made by Minister of Finance Professor Biman Prasad when responding to queries on why there wouldn’t be a mini-budget. He said different people would have a different take on the subject. “The people have to understand that we’ve just come...

Fiji Coalition Government plan to revamp services

The people’s coalition Government’s plans to revamp medical and hospital services, improving education and strengthening sports programs were highlighted by President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere when he opened the 2023-2024 Session of Parliament yesterday. He said on the health front, there were plans for the revival of medical and hospital services and functional divisional command centres...

President’s plea for healing of divisions in the nation

Unity, resilience and togetherness. These were the themes reflected in President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere’s speech to members of Parliament as he opened proceedings for the 2023-2024 Session of Parliament yesterday. He addressed both sides of the House, making an urgent plea for the healing of divisions in the nation, and also in Parliament. Ratu Wiliame...

Big salaries were wasteful – Minister Singh

Wasting taxpayers’ funds on people who were not worthy. This was how Sugar Minister Charan Jeath Singh described how the FijiFirst government ran the sugar industry. He said he was shocked to see the hefty salaries and allowances former Fiji Sugar Corporation CEOs were paid. While revealing the salary packages of former FSC CEOs on...

Great Council of Chiefs scheduled for May

The first meeting of the re-established Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) will be held in May. However, by recognising indigenous rights, the Government does not seek to place indigenous rights above the rights of members of minority ethnic communities. President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere emphasised this while opening the 2023-2024 Session of Parliament yesterday. He said...

Coalition Government reminded to follow proper consultation and deliberation

President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere sent a stern reminder to the people’s coalition Government to ensure that all laws and legislation that are drafted, follow proper consultation and deliberation, and are taken to the people. He also reiterated the need to focus on the rule of law and democratic processes, including transparency, accountability, respect for human...

‘iTaukei statutes will be reviewed’ – Fiji President

Principal iTaukei statutes will be reviewed, President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere said. Among those statutes are: iTaukei Affairs Act, iTaukei Lands Act, iTaukei Land Trust Act, iTaukei Trust Fund Act, and the iTaukei Development Fund Act. “This will position the relevant institutions to deliver their mandates efficiently and effectively,” he said in Parliament yesterday. “The iTaukei institutions...

No fly out for Saneem; No departure order issued against former elections boss

Former supervisor of elections Mohammed Saneem was stopped from leaving the country yesterday and Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pio Tikoduadua confirmed it was because a stop departure order was issued. He said the travel restriction was not issued by his office or police, adding that agencies such as the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption...

Ratu Wiliame: Private sector is a critical driver for economic growth

Government must recognise that the private sector is a critical driver for economic growth. President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere highlighted this while delivering his address at the opening of the 2023-2024 session of Parliament this morning. He said the private sector needed freedom and flexibility to perform their aims but they must operate within the law...

3rd February

GCC’s first meeting scheduled for late May

The Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) first meeting will take place in late May of this year. President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere clarified this while delivering his address on the opening of the 2023-2024 session of Parliament this morning saying traditionally, the apex of the vanua would be re-established. “The Government will undertake consultations and preparatory...

Fiji parliamentarians urged to deliver sacred duty to the people

Members of the Parliament were today urged to deliver their sacred duty to the people of Fiji. While opening the new session of parliament this morning, President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere said it was his hope and prayer that both sides of the August House worked together in cooperation and unity  for the betterment of Fiji....

PM Rabuka: GCC to meet soon

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) will meet as soon as the legislation related to its establishment is formalised. He said they were working on the legislation at present. “Yes, we were going ahead with that,” the PM said. Mr Rabuka said there were plans for it to be rebuilt...

Ousted FBC chief executive dismisses allegations of exorbitant pay

Ousted Fijian Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says allegations he received exorbitant pay were “incorrect”. In a five-page statement, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum outlined his side of the story from the moment he had met the board and delivered a “staggering” 12,000 documents relating to senior management contracts, audit reports and financial statements from 2006 onwards....

Minister Singh: Investigate people who ‘looted FSC’

The Sugar Ministry is trying to find out who set the jaw-dropping salaries of the CEOs of the beleaguered Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC). Sugar Minister Charan Jeath Singh made this comment amid revelation of the remuneration packages of three former CEOs and four senior staff of the FSC. He said the Fiji Independent Commission against...

FEO refers Saneem to FICAC; alleges unlawful authorisation of sitting allowance

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has referred suspended Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for probable abuse of office and for corrupting benefits given to, or received by, a public official. A statement from the FEO this morning alleged Mr Saneem to have – on numerous occasions during...

2nd February

No time given for Bainimarama to vacate PM’s official residence

Former prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama has not been given a time frame as to when he will have to vacate the government quarters he is residing in. Acting permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Pita Wise said Mr Bainimarama would move out from the quarters when he is ready. “Nothing changes,” Mr...

$840k pay for former FSC boss

Former Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive Abdul Khan was paid up to $840,000 per year in salary and bonuses between 2011 and 2016, Sugar Minister Charan Jeath Singh revealed yesterday. His successor, expatriate Graham Clark, received a $728,000 per year package. In a news conference yesterday, Mr Singh attacked the remuneration packages and blasted the...

Resignation negates probe – PM

The resignation of Mohammed Saneem from his post as Supervisor of Elections has negated the need for an investigation by the Constitutional Offices Commission (COC). This, according to Prime Minister and COC chair Sitiveni Rabuka. During a news conference yesterday, Mr Rabuka acknowledged the topic when it was brought up by members of the media....

Group to facilitate elections

A working group chaired by the permanent secretary of the Local Government Ministry will be established to facilitate the election of municipal councillors for town and city councils. Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka told a news conference yesterday that the working group would consist of heads of central agencies, the CEOs of municipal councils and the...

Sugar minister on predecessor Bainimarama: ‘Sleeping on the job’

Sugar Minister Charan Jeath Singh says his predecessor Voreqe Bainimarama was likely “sleeping on the job” as those in senior positions enjoyed hefty salaries and benefits while ordinary farmers struggled to make ends meet. These were the sentiments he echoed during a media conference yesterday, where he announced that former Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive...

1st February

Fiji’s Opposition Leader writes to President about COC

Fiji’s Opposition Leader Voreqe Bainimarama has refused an offer of housing extended by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka. Yet, a little more than a month after the 2022 General Election, there is no confirmation from Government that he has vacated the home he occupied as PM. In a letter to Speaker Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, Mr Bainimarama...

Fiji drops 2 scores; New Government a hope to improve corruption index – Transparency International

A new coalition Government in Fiji offers some hope that the country will improve its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2023, states Transparency International. In its 2022 CPI released yesterday, Fiji dropped two scores from 55 to 53, showing the country has not fared well. The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks 180 countries and territories...

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