Showing posts from October 30, 2011

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

Here is a suggestion for the Fiji Rugby Union. Please find a CEO who has excellent management skills, is good with finances, and a joy to work with in Human Resources. He must have legendary customer service and know nothing about rugby and cannot be conned.

Fiji Explores its Options: an Interview with UN Ambassador Winston Thompson

Interviewer Eddie Walsh in The Diplomat.

Over the next few months, The Diplomat will be running a series of interviews with Washington DC-based ambassadors on defence, diplomacy, and trade in the Asia-Pacific region. In the second of these interviews, conducted by Washington correspondent Eddie Walsh, Ambassador Winston Thompson of the Republic of Fiji discusses the opportunities and challenges facing his government following the 2006 military coup.October 26, 2011 inShare

Wadan Narsey Criticised FNPF Loans to Air Pacific and Natadola but ...

... he doesn't say where else the loan money could or should have come from. A valuable article marred only by Wadan's political agenda.

FNPF Bakes Air Pacific Pie-in-the-Sky October 27, 2011

Pacific Scoop:Analysis – By Dr Wadan Narsey

Two recent media releases indicate that the Fiji National Provident Fund board and management (at the instigation of the military regime) are digging the hole deeper for FNPF, with no accountability to the owners of FNPF and media censorship blocking all public discussion.

Bainimarama's shadow darkens Fiji's economy: a Lowy Institute Assessment

by Danielle Romanes - 27 October 2011
An informative and useful article. My only question is shouldn't Australiaa take some of the blame for Fiji's economic problems? Ed.  Danielle Romanes is an intern with the Lowy Institute's Myer Foundation Melanesia Program.
Since taking power in 2006 Commodore Frank Bainimarama has made much of his plan to eschew 'neo-colonial' development partners and to adopt a Look North foreign policy premised on engaging emerging economies in the region. While the new relationships are undoubtedly good for Fiji, it's clear that emerging interest in Fiji is too limited to fully rescue its flailing economy.

News and Comments Friday 4 November 2011

WEEKEND READING.  • Allen Lockington Column  • Fiji Explores its Options: UN Ambassador Winston Thompson • Wadan Narsey Criticises FNPF Loans to Air Pacific and Natadola  • Bainimarama's Shadow Darkens Fiji Economy: a Lowy Institute Opinion.

4.11.1  GIVE UNTO CAESAR. The remarks of former Methodist Church President and RFMF Chaplain the 80-year old Rev. Josataki Koroi to ABC Pacific Beat's Bruce Hill are cause for concern on several accounts. The Broadcaster's heading "Fiji Churchman Urges Soldiers Not to Obey Government" was not too far off the mark but why Josateki was now recalling a letter he wrote to Bainimarama five years ago, and what he was actually urging soldiers to do (or not to do) was not altogether clear. His answers to Hill were often a few points off true north.

This is what I think he was saying: The Bainimarama government is illegal. Therefore soldiers are not obliged to follow its orders. Roman rule in Palestine 2000 years ago was legal because …

Reserve Bank Survey of Financial Competency in Low Income Households

A national survey on the financial competencies of low income households will be conducted on Viti Levu and Vanua Levu during the month of November 2011. Financial competency comprises the knowledge and skills people have with regard to money and money related activities and the behaviour people adopt.

Commemorating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: Government Actions

In a bid to achieve its goal of reducing poverty to negligible level by 2015 Government has continued to increase its budget allocation for poverty alleviation programs .

News and Comments Tuesday November 1, 2011


Welcome to a new month.
Many thanks to my well wishers, and even to the one who, tongue in cheek, said don't worry, we get all the news we want from Sharon and the Fiji Sun, and the other one who said I'd be sorely missed because I was the only person who could make a brutal dictatorship look reasonable.

. There are unconfirmed reports that Daniel Urai has been arrested, rekindled fears of trade union repression.  Here is the ACTU comment. A reader comments: "Hi there Croz,It appears that the military backed regime is at it again –in fact my suspicion is that there has been an on-going undercurrent of threats and intimidation of dissenters together with the detention of those who courageously stand up to the bullying and intimidation.The arrest of the FTUC President is totally unacceptable in this day and age; and should be widely condemned." 

My opinion? Government should not have passed the Essential Industries Decree. It was quite unnecessary …

IMF Happy with Work of the Commerce Commission

(Monday 31st October 2011, No:1989/CC)IMF applauds Fiji Commerce CommissionThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) applauded the Fiji Commerce Commission’s efforts in stabilising the economy, remove bottlenecks to economic growth, and ensure that firms do not undertake unfair trading practices and engage in anti-competitive behaviour.


Readers will have noted that there have been fewer postings over the past two-three weeks.  This is not due, as Coup4.5 Editors would like to believe, to my diminished support for the Fiji Government's Roadmap (though I remain critical of several of their actions), or to Radio NZ International's time-consuming requests for my opinions to balance the opinions they frequently solicit from Coup 4.5. Long live freedom of the press!   The reason is far more mundane.  I have bursitis, an inflammation of the joints, caused in my case by spending too long at the computer, that makes it painful to lift my arms.  The cure involves avoiding repetitive actions.  With care and appropriate exercises I should be back to normal in a month or two.  Meanwhile, I must spend less time at the computer. Sorry.  You could help by sending me links and stories ready to publish. Vinaka.