Doing Business in Fiji

Why Invest in FIJI?

  1. Fiji is the centre of trading in the South Pacific for the South Pacific – Asia, USA and Europe Region. Fiji is not only the centre of trade, but has also transformed into a hub for global communications and transportation (shipping and air travel) routes.
  2. A government that welcomes and supports local and foreign investment, within its overall objectives of growing the various sectors of Fiji’s economy; enticing new, and retaining existing, investors by providing them with tax and other incentives to boost their businesses.
  3. A package of trade and investment incentives including duty concessions, investment allowances, tax exemption and tax free regions.
  4. A well-developed infrastructure, including electricity, water supply, international airports and wharfs.
  5. Availability of factories land and buildings at reasonable rates.
  6. Well-developed banking and financial institutions providing full financial services.
  7. Fast registration of foreign investment projects.
  8. Well educated English speaking workforce with a literacy rate of 93.7%.
  9. Good health and medical facilities including a modern private hospital and medical centres.
  10. Fiji is signatory to various trade agreements, frameworks and memorandum of agreements. This allows for better market access and provides a conducive trade and investment climate and opportunities with other countries.
  11. Serviced by international airlines liking Fiji to Australia, New Zealand, US West Coast, Korea and Hong Kong.
  12. Serviced by container vessels linking Fiji to China, Korea, Japan, US, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. 

How do I get Started? What can I do or not do?

Please click here for more Information on trade and investment in Fiji and here for Tax information.


Reserved and Restricted Business Activities

To give you a quick look at Restricted Business activities in Fiji, please study the LISTs below. Please do not hesitate to Contact us for clarification.

 


Reserved List

The following sixteen (16) activities are prescribed for Fiji Citizens only under Section 5 of the Foreign Investment Act;

  1. A Milk Bar or Cafeteria Business
  2. A Taxi Business
  3. Retail Sale Via Stalls and Markets
  4. A Handicraft Business
  5. Tailor Shops
  6. Repair of Personal and Household Goods
  7. A Plumbing Business
  8. An Electrical Business
  9. Plant Nursery and Care
  10. A Day-care Centre
  11. An Internet Café and Amusement and Gaming Centers
  12. Home-stay Lodging Services
  13. A Bakery Business, other than those operated within the vicinity of a hotel/resort and/or operated by foreign owned hotels/resorts
  14. Backpacker Operations
  15. A Nightclub, other than those operated within the vicinity of a hotel/resort and/or operated by foreign owned hotels/resorts; and
  16. A Liquor Bar, other than those operated within the vicinity of a hotel/resort and/or operated by foreign owned hotels/resorts.

 


 Restricted Activities and Policies

INDUSTRY

BUSINESS NATURE

POLICY

FISHERIES

Fishing

At least 30 % equity held by Fiji citizen(s) and the foreign investor must have at least $500,000 in owner’s contribution or paid-up capital for com- panies in the form of cash from the operational date, to be fully brought into Fiji within the implementation period.

FORESTRY

Plant Management and Logging

Foreign investor must undertake value adding and must have at least $500,000 in owner’s contribution or paid up capital for companies in the form of cash from the operational date, to be fully brought into Fiji within the implementation period.

MANUFACTURING

Tobacco Production

A foreign investor must use at least 75% locally grown and processed tobacco in all domestic cigarette production and must have at least $500,000 in owner’s contribution or paid-up capital for companies in the form of cash from the operational date, to be fully brought into Fiji within the implementation period.

TOURISM

Cultural Heritage

Any activity involving investment in the cultural heritage of the Fiji islands must have at least $500,000 in owner’s contribution or paid-up capital for companies in the form of cash from the operational date, to be fully brought into Fiji within the implementation period

SERVICES

Real Estate Management

A foreign investor engaging in real estate management and real estate agents must have at least $1m in owner’s contribution or paid up capi- tal for companies in the form of cash from the operational date, to be fully brought within Fiji within the implementation period.

A foreign investor engaging in the above real estate management activities needs to be certified under the Real Estate Agents Act.

A foreign investor engaging in real estate activity in renting out of homes/villas/apartment/bures to tourists only must have at least $250,000 in owner’s contribution or paid up capital for companies in the form of cash from the operational date, to be fully brought within Fiji within the implementation period.

Real Estate Development

A foreign investor engaging in real estate development must have at least $5m in owner’s contribution or paid up capital for companies in the form of cash from the operational date, to be fully brought within Fiji within the implementation period.

Construction

A foreign investor engaging in the construction industry must have at least $1m in owner’s contribution or paid up capital for companies in the form of cash from the operational date, to be fully brought within Fiji within the implementation period.

Earthmoving

A foreign investor engaging in earthmoving business must have at least $1m in owner’s contribution or paid up capital for companies in the form of cash from the operational date, to be fully brought into Fiji within the implementation period.

Inter-island Shipping and Passenger Service (Exclusive of Tourism Support Services)

A foreign investor engaging in inter-island shipping and passenger service must have at least $500,000 in owner’s contribution or paid up capital for companies in the form of cash from the operational date, to be fully brought within Fiji within the implementation period.