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Fiji Closer To Securing Equitable Visa Free Access To A Number Of Countries

"He said the digital transformation was one of the widest reaching ini­tiatives our Government had em­barked upon."
14 Sep 2019 18:53
Fiji Closer To Securing Equitable Visa Free Access To A Number Of Countries
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left) with his team at the Sydney Desalination Plant. Photo: PM's Office

Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama says the ePassport has taken Fiji closer to secur­ing equitable visa-free access for Fijians in a number of countries, including Australia.

He made the remark when he ad­dressed Fijians in Sydney in a ta­lanoa session last night.

He said the digital transformation was one of the widest reaching ini­tiatives our Government had em­barked upon.

“It’s seen the launch of the ‘invest in Fiji dot today’ website and the digitisation of our consular service to make life convenient for our Fi­jians living and working overseas. For those who are considering re­claiming your Fijian citizenship, we’ve just received our new Fijian e-passports last week,” he said

“As you know, under my Govern­ment, we now allow for Fijians to hold multiple citizenships. The benefits of that offer are now big­ger than ever, as these new e-pass­ports allow for seamless, efficient travel in the world’s airports and immigration systems for our peo­ple, while strengthening the secu­rity of our own borders as well.”

He said for decades, some of the biggest hurdles facing businesses and investors in Fiji were the pro­cesses it took to simply get started.

“That’s changing through my gov­ernment’s embrace of the digital revolution led by a new programme we’ve dubbed ‘digitalFiji’.

“Under the digitalFiji umbrella we’ve already launched an online ‘bizFiji’ portal. Right now, sitting in all of your pockets, is a key to accessing the resources you need to start a business or start building in Fiji. You can pull out your phone, open your browser and head to ‘business dash Fiji dot com’. You’ll find a user-friendly interface, flow­charts and timetables that spell out exactly what’s required in the reg­istration process,” he said

He said gone would be the days of running around Suva to the differ­ent offices or even visiting several different websites just to figure out how to get your new business sort­ed.

He said the bizFiji portal gave peo­ple all the information they needed to turn a bright idea into a brand-new Fijian business. And very soon, the bizFiji portal would take the entire business registration process online, he added.

“But we’ve done far more than go digital. Our latest national budget identified key areas of our econ­omy ripe for growth, giving busi­nesses every reason to expand into new arenas and grow their existing operations.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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