26th May 07:54 PM
Online portal for building permits and starting up a business to be launched next month
By Lena Reece
Friday 10/05/2019
The Minister for Industry and Trade Premila Kumar

The Minister for Industry and Trade Premila Kumar has revealed that Fiji will launch an online information portal next month that will provide all information in relation to building permits and starting up a business.

While speaking at the Fiji and USA Business Council AGM at Peninsula Hotel, Kumar says that this portal will contribute to create the necessary enablers for greater investment flows as Fiji is also reviewing current investment laws to better respond to the needs of a modern investment climate.

She adds that the objective is for Fiji to bring investment laws and regulations up to the international standards, as well as, adoptive to the global best practices.

Kumar also highlighted that government has engaged the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank Group to undertake the review of the investment policy law.

She says that her Ministry is also working in consultation with the Singaporean Government to review, redesign and harmonise building permits process and starting a business process.

The Minister for Trade says that a number of reforms at the border are also being implemented to enable easier cross‑border trade for businesses.

Kumar stressed that Fiji is currently implementing the World Trade Organisations Trade Facilitation Agreement, which eliminates delays for exporting and importing goods.

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