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Framework For Goodwill Fees To Be Formulated

Government will formulate an accountable and transparent framework regarding an alternative method on fishing goodwill payments to resource owners. This after it abolished the goodwill payment to customary fishing right
05 Feb 2016 08:53
Framework For Goodwill Fees To Be Formulated
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (centre) with wife and other governemnt officals at the Tilapea pond in Caboni Multi Species Hatcher yesterday. Photo: Luke Nacei

Government will formulate an accountable and transparent framework regarding an alternative method on fishing goodwill payments to resource owners.

This after it abolished the goodwill payment to customary fishing right owners effective from January 20.

Consultations that will boost the aims and outcomes of this alternative method have already begun which is headed by the Minister for Fisheries and Forests, Osea Naiqamu.

His team will be hosting the consultations in the four divisions over the next few months.

It strengthened the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s call to maintain the abolition of the fees which he announced in a statement in Ra yesterday.

“I wish to convey to all provinces, districts, communities and the general public that my Government maintains its stand,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“I am happy to say that the feedback so far has been positive.

“My Government will ensure that all relevant stakeholders will be consulted and be given the opportunity to contribute to the formulation of a more accountable and transparent framework.

“For example, the concept that is currently being adopted by the province of Macuata.”

Government, he said, recognised the traditional user-rights and its applicability within Customary Fishing Right Areas.

“Furthermore, my Government will also look into the need for compensating the 410 iqoliqoli (fishing ground) areas.”

 

About fees

Previously fishermen paid levies to the iqoliqoli owners then to provincial offices.

They would then apply for permits at the commissioner’s office then an official licence at the fisheries department.

With the abolishment, fishermen only have to apply directly for a licence at the Fisheries Department.

 

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj



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