The extension of the amnesty on declaration of offshore assets as announced by the Attorney General and Minister for Finance extends to the Reserve Bank Fiji and the Exchange Control Act and regulations it administers.
Shadow Minister for Trade and Tourism Viliame Gavoka says Government Whip Semi Korilavesau’s comment that the mandate his party got in 2014 means they can change the flag is wrong and a decision whether or not to change a flag in a democracy is made by the people.
Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has called for more efforts to be put in to encouraging students to stay in school to acquire the skills needed to survive in an increasingly challenging world.
He made the remarks while opening a $75,000 St Agnes Primary School Kindergarten in Nabua today which was made possible through donations from overseas and constructed by RFMF engineers.
"As education is one of the main priorities for the Government of today as it is crucial to building a better future for Fiji," Bainimarama said.
“We will invest more in education, we will continue to support our teachers and we will build a stronger partnership between Government and independent schools, so that we can continue to promote the acquisition of knowledge and skills."
He highlighted a number of efforts by Government aimed at ensuring basic education to all children such as the free bus fare programme, the free text book initiative and the food voucher programme so “that even the poorest student can attend school without putting too much stress on the family budget”.
“These might seem small gestures to some people, but they are some of the things we have done as a Government that have given me the greatest pride,” PM told parents, teachers, school management and the students of St Agnes who were gathered at the Nabua school today.
Prime Minister Bainimarama, who called the kindergarten a labour of love, said the opening was an important one because there were not enough kindergartens in Fiji.
A proud St Agnes head master, Simione Wanono, said they hope to take in 60 children who will be catered for in two sessions.
Pope prays for peace in Syria, KoreaPope Francis prayed for a "political solution" in Syria and for "reconciliation" on the Korean peninsula in his first Easter Sunday message in front of a crowd in St Peter's Square.
New Minimum wage comes into effectThe increased National Minimum Wage of $2.32 announced by the Fijian Government in February this year came into effect today and employers are reminded to comply with the implementation of the new wage.