In peaceful times the huge advertisement in The Australian newspaper on Monday July 6,2009, Page 5 would have been read with much pride and enthusiasm as the heading stated “Invest in Paradise”.
Stop! look again, on the left on the ad is an Indian (re what’s wrong with a bbs maji hair guy eh?), dressed in suit jacket, white shirt and a striped tie (not bad) with his head back a dreamy look on his face, arms spread wide and the map of Fiji over his left arm. The Islands, Viti Levu, Kadavu and the Yasawa and Mamanucas coloured White and the rest of Fiji in a dull orange”
Under that block is the statement FIJI – YOUR GATEWAY TO DOING BUSINESS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC
On the left hand side under that is a block with blue background and white writing with the blurb: “Investing in Fiji is essential to your success in the South Pacific. As one of the region’s (notice the appostrophe in the most inappropriate place) more advanced economies with state of the art technology and necessary infrastructure, Fiji is the corporate and geographic hub of the South Pacific. All regional and international organisations are also headquartered in Fiji.
Fiji now provides 13 years tax free holiday for new enterprises in the (the next is written in red but not in capitals as I will copy here) TAX FREE RESION* (VANUA LEVU, ROTUMA, KADAVU, TAVEUNI, LEVUKA, LOMAIVITI AND THE LAU GROUPS – see map above.
Fiji also provides tax incentives and duty free concessions for companies specialising in: ( all of the following was dot pointed ) ICT, COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE, TOURISM, BIO FUEL, MINING, FOOD, PHARMACEUTICALS, PLASTICS, PAPER, MINERALS, SPECIALTY ENGINEERED PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS.
INTERESTS IN THE FOLLOWING SECTORS ARE ALSO WELCOME:
BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
FAVOURABLE COST OF DOING BUSINESS
GROWING LIBERALISED ECONOMY
ATTRACTIVE INCENTIVES AND CONDUCIVE TAXATION LAWS
TRANSPARENT REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
On the opposite to the above block to the right are 3 great photographs, the first being a resort, under that a picture of Call Centre Workers and under that workers on an assembly line wearing white coats and hair nets.
Under the three pictures it states
TAE A CLOSER LOOK AT FIJI.
IF WHAT YOU WANT IS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC, IT’S JUST WHAT YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR.
Under all of the above is another block the width of the ad with a picture of Fiji Coat Of Arms and the contact addressess;
Fiji Isands Trade and Investment Bureau
PO Box 2303, Govt Building, Suva
Ph: (679) 3315988
Fax: (679) 3301783
The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Industry, Trade and Commerce
PO Box 2118, Govt Building, Suva
Ph: (679) 3304511 – Fax (679) 3302617
100 Walker Street
Ph: 02 8904 0476
Fax 02 8904 0376
One would’ve been so proud, but we all know it’s a load of da, and noone even without the current economic climate is going to invest in Fiji with Voreqe the self appointed prime meanster and the illegal regime trying lamely to govern this Island Nation and have failed dismally.
The advertisement was correct pre 5.12.06 Coup. Since then, something significant has happened to the citizens of Fiji, we’ve lost all respect for the Mara, Ganilau, the Late Ratu Edwards sons Ratu Epeli and Tuki & their families, Ratu Iloilo & the military.
These people are poison to the Nation and the business world are aware of it so will not waste a cent on Fiji while they are imposing their illegal will on the Nation.
Meanwhile good people, please support the Methodist Conference regardless of your religious belief.
This doesn’t mean you have to go to church and worship with them. Take a little sojourn to Rewa, take your bathers and go swimming or punting (boating, not betting), listen to the choirs, donate a gold coin, make new friends and believe in the fact that we can overcome the illegal regime with passive resistance.