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Hunter: Need To Address Meat Regulation Act And Tax Incentives

Hunter: Need To Address Meat Regulation Act And Tax Incentives
October 08
09:46 2015

The business communities of Savusavu town have raised their concerns on the current Fiji Meat Regulation Act.

The Savusavu Tourism Association and Savusavu Chamber of Commerce and Industries are requesting a re-address to the Act.

Their concerns were presented to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) during the public hearing sessions on the Income Tax Bill in Savusavu yesterday.

Justin Hunter, president of the association and chamber, said the Act basically made it unviable for a meat industry to develop in Fiji.

He also requested to look at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) approved mini abattoirs.

Mr Hunter said: “The Assistant Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Lorna Eden has been championing this cause as we are grateful to her for highlighting these issues.”


Tax Incentives

The second concern he brought before the committee was to consider implementing more tax incentives.

“I request the committee to work on implementing less income tax so that people in the urban areas have more to spend which in turns creates more business and job employment,” he said

“We need more local investment in the North.

“I have noticed that we pay higher prices on all goods due to shipping cost and cost of doing business in Savusavu.”

He explained the association and the chamber are working to create a better environment for the local people and to encourage more foreign investors


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