Fiji in favour of revised Biketawa Declaration

Fiji says it supports the idea of expanding regional security co-operation by revising the Pacific Islands Forum’s 2000 Biketawa Declaration drawn up after the coups in Fiji and Solomon Islands. Fiji’s defence minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola spoke at the Forum foreign ministers’ meeting in Suva ahead of next month’s Forum summit in Samoa. Ratu Inoke said new global trends posed […]

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No threat to Fiji’s border security, says police commissioner

Fiji’s police commissioner says there is no threat to Fiji’s border security despite revelations of an operation which saw dozens of suspected fraudsters repatriated to China last week. Seventy seven Chinese nationals were sent back on a charter flight after a joint operation involving Chinese and Fijian police. Opposition politicians said the case exposed flaws in Fiji’s border security and […]

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Opposition calls on Fiji PM to explain Chinese repatriations

Fij’s opposition says the government should disclose the full facts surrounding a mass deportation of suspected scammers from Fiji to China. China published pictures at the weekend of people wearing hoods being herded off a chartered flight by Chinese police last week The Fiji government has so far not commented although it promised to make statement later in the week. The […]

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Fiji govt Audit report and subsequent coverage critiqued

An Auditor-General’s report in Fiji has raised eyebrows, not just because of the details of financial mismanagement, but for the reaction to subsequent media coverage. Last month the annual report was released, which identified areas of misspending, unaccounted funds and a lack of transparency. Koro Vaka’uta looks at the reaction. TRANSCRIPT The report highlighted, among other things, $US15 million of […]

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Fiji mismanagement getting worse – CCF

Financial mismanagement in Fiji’s government departments is getting worse, according to a civil society organisation. Last week, the annual report of the auditor general was released, which identified areas of misspending, unaccounted funds and a lack of transparency. Among the highlights included, US$15 million unaccounted from the National Fire Authority, $1.2 million in unused grants at the lands ministry, and […]

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