Commercial banks have for the first time come out to say they are ready to slash interest rates in 2021.Read More
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Commercial banks are extending COVID-19 hardship assistance on a case-by-case basis until March 2021.
Association of Banks Chair Rakesh Ram says Fijians who have loans must be able to prove that they are having difficulties making re-payments due to financial constraints brought on by COVID-19.Read More
Commercial Banks have increased their provisions for high-risk loans given the mounting deferment of payments due to COVID-19.
Association of Banks Chair Rakesh Ram says, as of September banks have provisioned $100 million as bad or doubtful debts.
Ram adds this figure will increase because COVID-19 isn’t over yet, and will eventually hit the bank’s bottom line.Read More
Consumption spending noted weak outcomes in 2020 while personal remittance inflows have been strong – RBF
The Reserve Bank of Fiji says partial indicators for consumption spending have noted weak outcomes in 2020 and cumulative to November, VAT collections fell by an annual 38.6 %.Read More
The Reserve Bank of Fiji says as at 31st December, total liquidity in the banking system stood at $836.8 million.Read More
The extension of the rent freeze to 31st December is solely to help Fijians during this difficult economic situation.
The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission say they understand that many Fijians have either lost their job or working on reduced hours which is impacting their ability to pay rent.Read More
More landowning units should subdivide and lease land that does not currently have any productive use – PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says with more pandemic-driven population movement to more rural regions of the country, more landowning units should subdivide and eventually lease land that does not currently have any productive use.Read More
The Reserve Bank of Fiji has projected that 2020 would note the largest economic contraction on records at -19 percent.
RBF Governor Ariff Ali says the recovery forecast next year is dependent on the reopening of borders and resumption of international travel.Read More
Families to bear the full cost of the removal or relocation of their homes under the new Informal Lot Allocation Policy
An informal settler will need to bear the full cost if their homes are required to be removed or relocated under the new Informal Lot Allocation Policy.
The Ministry of Housing and Community Development will be carrying out public consultations on the new policy that will look at how lots are allocated in developed informal settlements.Read More
The CEO of the Fiji National Provident Fund, Jaoji Koroi says under their existing housing withdrawal policy, members can access their General Account to reduce or pay off their home loan, provided their funds will reduce the debt by at least 15%.Read More
Castle Properties is looking at investing $7.5Million on a 16 unit development.
This was confirmed by the company owner and managing director, Vijay Sharma, who said the development, would be next to the Marina Apartment at Uduya Point on Suva HarbourRead More
Fijians living in informal settlements who will soon be receiving their 99-year leases will not be allowed to profiteer from the subsidized lots.
Housing Minister Premila Kumar reveals there have been several cases where people who were given subsidized lots have either sold the property, the land is still vacant and in some cases rented out.Read More
Discussions about the development of low-cost housing have been held between the Minister for Housing and Local government Premila Kumar and China’s Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo.
At that meeting, Bo was joined with a representative of construction company – China Railway 1.Read More
The Singapore Cooperation Enterprise’s work on the Master Plan for the Greater Suva area and Nadi-Lautoka will be completed in mid-2021.
Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar says it will add significantly to the strategic planning that is needed to successfully plan for future generations.Read More
There is a need for increased flexibility to accommodate high-density developments.
Local Government Minister Premila Kumar highlighted this during the World Town Planning Day to recognize and promote the role of town planning.Read More
Minister for Housing, Premila Kumar says people staying in informal settlements cannot be landlords as they themselves are staying illegally on that land.Read More
Banks are being more stringent with their loans according to the Reserve Bank of Fiji Board following its meeting earlier today.
RBF governor Ariff Ali says credit conditions have tightened given the current elevated risk levels and depressed economic environment.Read More
Survey to gain a better understanding of the financial situations of different segments of Fiji begins
The Reserve Bank of Fiji in partnership with the Fiji Bureau of Statistics, the United Nations Capital Development Fund managed by the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion has commenced a second national Financial Services Demand Side Survey.Read More
Pandey Investments Fiji PTE Limited is now the major shareholder for the owning entity of the Sheraton Resort and Spa on Tokoriki Island, in the Mamanucas.
Pandey Investments Fiji PTE Limited, a subsidiary of New Zealand based CP Group, has completed settlement to become the major shareholder after negotiations with the former majority shareholder the Meghji Group of companies.Read More
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Services will be launching four new services on the 3rd of next month.Read More
As the country continues to face the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Housing Authority will extend its assistance package to affected customers up to 31st December 2020.Read More
Fiji’s economy has been resilient in the face of adversities over the past 50-years.
Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor Arif Ali, while launching the commemorative notes and coins for our 50th Independence anniversary says Fiji has been able to stand on its own because of the spirit of unity.Read More
There has been an increase in unethical practices by licensed real estate agents not conforming to the professional code of conduct.Read More
Fijians in maritime and rural areas can now get plans for a 2 bedroom house for free from Ministry of Housing
People living in rural and maritime areas can now get an engineer certified plan for a 2 bedroom house from the Ministry of Housing at no cost to them.Read More
Valuers Registration Board is calling on the valuers to be aware of the market trend that is being developed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
ANz has noted a drop in over the counter cash transactions, as customers move to digital payments, said country head Saud Minam.Read More
Youth are game changers and influencers with the capability and potential to lead the new normal in this current COVID-19 era.Read More
The construction industry was set to kick off work valued at $54.3 million for the second quarter of 2020, the Fiji Bureau of Statistics said in its September Report.
The value of construction was however lower than the first quarter of the year, the bureau said.Read More
Construction Industry Council President Gordon Jenkins says now is the best time to construct because prices of material and labour costs are down and people should take advantage of this and get their projects completed.Read More
Investment Fiji has pledged to ensure its staff are equipped with one-standard commercial and technical knowledge.Read More
Housing Authority changing policies to speed up lot allocation work but they do not have many lots available
Housing Authority of Fiji CEO Robert Sen agrees that a lot of time was previously taken for lot allotment but some policies have changed and clear communication is being initiated with the customers in regards to their complaints.Read More
The Fiji National Provident Fund will continue to process the sixty-six applications approved for the 2019 First Home Buyers Programme.
The fund had earlier announced that the scheme had ceased and will not be available anymore.Read More
With the COVID-19 impact being felt by all the sectors in the country, the Real Estate industry has seen the emergence of a new market.Read More
The Housing Authority Board has appointed members of its Public Inquiry Committee.Read More
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum encouraged those present at the post-budget discussion; “Fiji’s Economic Recovery Plan” to ‘think outside the box’.
Encouraging Fijians to not wait for too long before owning a home, the Minister for Economy, while speaking at the discussion organised by the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 25 July 2020, made this remark about home-ownership which in Fiji is extremely low.Read More
The real estate market is clueless as to where it’s heading as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll.
Real Estate Licensing Board chair Abdul Hassan says with potential buyers economically affected, people are now not able to invest in property, directly affecting agents and the industry.Read More
The Housing Authority of Fiji has confirmed that there is a criteria for the special purpose audit on lot allocation for the past 10 years that will be carried out by the Office of the Auditor-General in Fiji.
Some of the criteria that the audit will focus include review of any lots allotted to current or ex Housing Authority staff, their families during the period and to review such transactions to assess the transparency and appropriate declaration of conflicting interests by relevant staff including the board.Read More
Fiji should continue to focus on growing sectors like Agriculture even after tourism picks up - Chauhan Drop tourism related taxes and support local companies
Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation President, Sandeep Chauhan says the country should continue to focus on growing sectors like Agriculture even after tourism picks up and also focus on new sectors like call centres, Business Process Outsourcing, repacking of goods for exports and increasing food processing activities.Read More
It has been revealed that some landlords are going to great lengths to evict their tenants following minor disputes.
The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission has recorded an increase in conflicts between landlords and tenants during the pandemic.Read More
The Permanent Secretary for Economy Makereta Konrote says the 2020/2021 National Budget will be focused on creating more economic activity.
Konrote says one of the important aspects of a budget is to create an enabling environment for the private sector to be able to lead economic recovery after COVID-19.Read More
The Reserve Bank of Fiji states that overall labour market conditions have worsened due to the weakening domestic economy.
The RBF says a total of 85,959 FNPF members received around $54.2 million under the COVID-19 withdrawal scheme in phase one, while 15,920 members will be paid around $17.5 million in phase two over a period of 10 weeks.Read More
Public Rental Board Acting General Manager, Patrick Veu confirms that no one has been evicted from any of their flats during the COVID-19 period, however people who were earning more than $16,500 and have lost their jobs or are on reduced hours have been reconsidered to stay in their flats.Read More
Lorraine Seeto, Senikavika Jiuta, Roveen Permal, Anabel Ali and Mohit Raj have been appointed as the new board members of the Public Rental Board and Housing Authority.Read More
The Revitalization of Informal Settlements and the Environment programme hopes to expand its current operations across the country.
Coordinator Isoa Vakarewa says the programme begins its operations in identifying the need for proper sanitation, waste management and hygiene at informal settlements last year.Read More
The Housing Authority of Fiji is now under the spotlight after eight of its employees were sacked for allegations of corrupt practices earlier this year.
The eight employees had allegedly set up a company, bearing the same address as the Housing Authority, and were making money to develop plans and land on behalf of its clients.Read More
The occupation of rental spaces in the country is taking a dip due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Real Estate Agents Licensing Board has been monitoring the market whereby lots of rental properties are now vacant due to the tight budget of Fijians.Read More
Homebuyers are being warned to be cautious about the sale of homes located at sqatter settlements.Read More
Let us all work together to build confidence and encourage construction activity to boost employment and revenue opportunities – AG
Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says all efforts should be focused on building confidence domestically to encourage more construction activity that can result in the creation of jobs.Read More
Illegal developments are rife in Fiji, however, the penalties are low and do not effectively deter people, says Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development Permila Kumar.Read More
Sixty-six businesses have closed down due the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar says the survey conducted by municipalities highlights the virus has had an adverse effect on Fijian businesses who suffered the consequences of the economic fallout.Read More
As the tourism and hotel business transitions into the next phase of survival, operators involved in the tourism industry will be considering extended Leave Without Pay options, terminations and redundancies in the coming weeks.Read More
ANZ not in a business of repossessing customers’ properties, will continue to work with their customers – Minam BSP says it is too early to make a comment
ANZ Fiji Country Head Saud Minam says they are not in the business of repossessing their customers’ properties and will continue to work with their customers till the last resort and this could be through three months, six months or nine months principal and interest deferment.Read More
Residents in Housing Assistance Relief Trust (HART) villages say a recent statement issued by Government of a rent freeze since March and that rent has been reduced by about 50 per cent is “not true”.Read More
The Reserve Bank of Fiji has stated that the national economy is now expected to decline more sharply than the earlier estimate of -4.3% on account of the catastrophic impact of COVID-19.Read More
The real estate sector has not been spared by the impacts of the Corona-virus that has affected almost every other sector of the economy.Read More
Housing Authority confirms that real estate agents will be marketing, and selling 27 high-end residential, civic and commercial lots, on behalf of the Authority.Read More
Eviction of tenants is only legal if proper notice is provided by the High Court, said the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) chief executive officer Joel Abraham.Read More
Frank Bainimarama made the remark at the Fifth Urban Forum at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi yesterday .Read More
Residents of Veivauceva Settlement in Tacirua are now a step closer to gaining titles for the land they currently occupy.Read More
The 2019/2020 National Budget has been announced with many initiatives focusing on protecting our environment, expansion of ECAL or the Environmental and Climate Adaptation Levy on goods including vehicles, increased duty on new and used hybrid and non-hybrid vehicles, targeted assistance for people, reduced government expenditure and a target of economic growth for straight 11 years.Read More
Everyone is eagerly awaiting the 2019 National Budget which will be announced tonight at 7.30pm.Read More