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PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT
Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
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EXPATRIATE WORK PERMITS EASIER FOR FIJI INVESTORS

SUVA, Fiji Islands (August 30, 2000 - Fiji's Daily Post/The Fiji Times/The Fiji Sun/PINA Nius Online)---Fiji's new interim government is establishing guidelines to make it easier for investors to bring in expatriates to help start and manage their businesses, Fiji's Daily Post reported.

Information Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday said Cabinet has approved recommendations put forward by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, the Daily Post reported.

These were reached after consultation between the ministries and the Fiji Trade and Investment Bureau and the Fiji
Employers' Federation.

Ratu Inoke said they are part of a package of measures that the interim government is considering to increase
investment in the country following the crisis caused by the May 19 takeover of Parliament by armed rebels.

The planned new guidelines include:

In other measures to streamline immigration procedures:
Central Queensland University Suva campus students will be exempted from the requirement to lodge a
bond with the immigration department;
religious organizations that do community work can also be exempted from the bond requirements.

In other developments in Fiji:

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