Showing posts from April 15, 2012

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. Some Ideas on Flood Relief Supplies
Government may consider zero-rating relief supplies.

Here are some suggestions to our family and friends who live overseas.If you intend sending relief supplies for your countrymen and women and children, send goods that are good and canned foods that have not expired. Send clothes that are not so old that they will deteriorate in no time. Don't just empty your garage and get rid of your junk. And do not send meat products because of quarantine requirements. They will only get confiscated and destroyed and your effort will go to waste. If you intend to send medicines, get the proper documents to accompany them.

Why Small Businesses are Important to Fiji: Government and the Banks

Address by the Governor, Reserve Bank of Fiji, Barry Whiteside, at the Launch of the ANZ Small and Medium Enterprises Credit Scheme on Thursday 19 April 2012 at ANZ House, Suva.

Acting Chief Executive Officer and Head of Corporate Banking Fiji, Mr Rakesh Ram
Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corp
Permanent Secretary for Finance, Mr Filimone Waqabaca
Staff of ANZ, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

Ni sa bula vinaka and a very good evening to you all.

With Malicious Intent

Ro Teimumu Kepa’s recent epistolary outburst simply demonstrates to the wider public about the real state of race and politics at the very highest levels of itaukei leadership in Fiji. It further underscores the very short distance that she and her coterie have travelled intellectually and ethically in spite of all that has happened since that fateful day in May 1987. Some readers have taken umbrage at Professor Crosbie Walsh’s careful exegesis of Ro Teimumu's  letter on this blog, not over questions of interpretation but on a false moral equivalency, that somehow criticizing the Chiefly council is equivalent to endorsing the current government in toto.
I  think that Croz’s incremental approach to deformalizing the GCC while understandable is nonetheless too timorous within the context of the political situation in Fiji. Be that as it may, the issues that Croz raises in his analysis of Ro Teimumu’s letter as well as those by Graham Davis are worthy of an extended and robust argum…

Aussie Fijians to the Rescue

Link to the story in Graham Davis's Grubsheet
WEEKEND READING • Allen Lockington on flood relief supplies • Sudarsan Kant "With Malicious Intent" • Fiji Reserve Bank Governor Barry Whiteside on the importance of small and medium sized businesses and an update on the economy  • Link to Graham Davis's flood relief story "Aussie Fijians to the rescue" in his Grubsheet blog.

News and Comments Friday 20 April 2012