Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On
Since buying a sugar cane farm in 2010, this year has been the best for an investor farmer from NZ.
Faiyaz Khan, an ASP of Prisons in NZ and my former Customs work mate, said the best thing he did was invest some of his savings in Fiji which is holiday money for him and his family and helps the poor of the area by providing work and at the same time helps the sugar industry.
Faiyaz said that he would like to thank the Government, the Cane Growers council and FSC for all this and he is ready to invest more in the sugar
industry. He will be harvesting 300 tons this year but wants to expand to 600 in the next few years. He advises farmers to make the most of this good price which the government is paying.
How interesting is the following report on Dirty Money. "An estimated $200 to $300million in dirty money has been circulating in the country for the past three years, the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority revealed. This, the authority says is dirty money generated through money laundering, tax evasion and the underground economy." And this is going to increase.
We are still a developing country, yet what is happening in the developed countries is with us now. Its amazing that people have unexplained wealth in their bank accounts. Is this to do with foreign investors who come in with good papers but deep dark secrets?
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.