More Fiji Busi­ness Fo­rum re­ports

To be out in 20 vol­umes avail­able both hard copies and on­line

Fiji Sun - - Sunbiz - RACHNA LAL and FILIPE NAIGULEVU Feed­back: rach­nal@fi­jisun.com.fj

The con­sol­i­dated laws of Fiji will be avail­able for pur­chas­ing within a few weeks time, the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has con­firmed. He was speak­ing to the busi­ness community dur­ing the Fiji Busi­ness Fo­rum or­gan­ised by the Fiji Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try at the Hol­i­day Inn Suva yes­ter­day. Out in 20 vol­umes with both hard copies and on­line copies avail­able, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they would be com­pet­i­tively priced to en­sure Fi­jians were able to af­ford them. The law books will be an­no­ta­tions, his­tory of the leg­is­la­tion, his­tory of amend­ments and will be done by sub­ject area and sub­sidiary leg­is­la­tion. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “It not only mod­ernises our abil­ity to ac­cess this, you don’t have to wait for 10 years till this is up­graded. “So if there is an amend­ment to an Act, once Par­lia­ment ap­proves it, you will sub­scribe and you will get your amend­ment sent to you. “They will tell you which page to take out and which place to in­sert the up­date.”

While this is ex­pected to be avail­able on­line also for a fee, Mr SayedKhaiyum said Gov­ern­ment wanted to make it ac­ces­si­ble to Fi­jians for free whilst oth­ers can buy this.

With the avail­abil­ity of th­ese new con­sol­i­dated laws, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said lawyers would not be able to dupe clients into pay­ing ex­or­bi­tant fees and it would mean ease for busi­nesses. Gov­ern­ment for the past few years has been re­vis­ing our ar­chaic laws. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the last time the laws of Fiji were con­sol­i­dated was in 1985. “So for 30 years we have had some­thing like a few thou­sand pieces of amend­ments and new laws be­ing in­tro­duced,” he said.

Photo: FILIPE NAIGULEVU

From left: Promi­nent pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor leader Ajith Kodagoda, Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion chair­man Vishnu Mo­han, Tower In­sur­ance Fiji gen­eral man­ager Sarah Jane and Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Rosy Ak­bar dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion at the Fiji Busi­ness Fo­rum 2016 at the Hol­i­day Inn in Suva yes­ter­day.

Photo: Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum dur­ing the Fiji Busi­ness Fo­rum 2016 at the Hol­i­day Inn in Suva yes­ter­day.

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