The Fiji Times »From the Editor’s Office: Your October 16 Briefing

Bula vinaka everyone

It’s the end of another week of work. As we count down the hours until the long weekend, we wish you the best wherever you are. Let’s be careful this weekend. Plan your trip and drive safely if traveling on weekends and obey the speed limits.


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Here are some headlines from the Fiji Times on Saturday, October 16.


Bond debts

GOVERNMENT holds bond debts worth $ 3.54 billion with the Fiji National Provident Fund and owes $ 924 million to the Asian Development Bank (AfDB), says the annual debt report 2020- 2021 released by the Ministry of the Economy this week. The state had a domestic debt of $ 5.2 billion in 2020-2021, of which $ 5 billion was held in bonds. Of the total of 2.4 billion dollars of external debt, the ADB owed 38.5%, or 924 million dollars.

There is more on pages 2 and 3.


The biggest bond debtor

The Fijian National Provident Fund held $ 3.54 billion in government bonds, making the Fijian government its main debtor, the annual debt report for 2020-2021 released by the Economy Ministry revealed this year. week. Of the total debt of $ 5 billion in government bonds, 70.8% was held by the pension fund. A bond is a type of investment in which the FNPF loaned money to the government and, in return, the government paid interest to the FNPF in equal amounts throughout the life of the bond until. ” that the borrowed amount is repaid with the final payment of interest.


High risk entities

FIJI Airways, the Fiji Sugar Corporation and the Fiji Development Bank have been classified as “high” risk entities by the Ministry of the Economy in its annual debt report 2020-2021 released this week. The report says the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed Fiji Airways (FA) into the “high” risk area.



Saturday’s edition typically has seven pages of letters from the editor. This is the problem with the bumpers! Find out what’s trending. Find out what people are talking about. Feel the passion and emotions as writers discuss issues they can relate to. Feel the pulse of the nation. Pages 8,9,20,21,22,23 and 24.


This section is about people. It’s about the challenges they face and the journey to get to where they are today. They talk about their hopes and aspirations. Read about: Josée Réa


JOSESE Rea was once a great businessman along the Natewa and Tunuloa coast in the 1990s, having owned four vehicles, a retail and wholesale business, and a fishing business. But it all started after a spiritual decision to fast for three months because his late wife who passed away last year could not conceive. The 75-year-old, who is also the traditional ruler of Yavusa Vunisaiki and lives in the Waikatakata settlement, explained how God richly blessed him after he finished his months of fasting.


We’ve got a list of the best writers for your weekend reading pleasure. This is the edition that thousands of Fijians look forward to every weekend.

Fighting together to win – By MAHENDRA P CHAUDHRY

The people increasingly demand that the opposition parties unite to fight against the general elections and bring about a change of government. The past few years have inflicted untold misery and suffering on the nation, made worse by the COVID-19 crisis. Thousands of families have been deprived of their normal source of income as unemployment soars and closures shut down businesses large and small.

Beating the big parties at the ballot box – By NILESH LAL

RECENTLY, the Fiji Labor Party, Unity Fiji Party and the Freedom Alliance Party signed a memorandum of understanding to work for a united front in the upcoming general elections of 2022 or 2023. Such a memorandum of understanding has limited effect in a proportional representation system where the success of a party depends on the overall electoral share of each party.

Fiji: Where Things Collapse – Dr BRIJ V LAL

FIDJI is a bit like Churchill’s Russia, an “enigma shrouded in a mystery within an enigma”. Here is a beautiful country full of a talented population, sophisticated infrastructure and abundant natural resources that is sadly prone to debilitating self-inflicted wounds that hamper its present and undermine its future. One coup is bad enough for any country, but three (or four) in quick succession is sheer madness.

Exciting end of year rugby – By SATISH NARAIN

After watching a bit of champagne rugby where South Africa fought for a narrow victory over the British and Irish Lions, Australia beat France in dramatic fashion, New Zealand’s triumph over Trans- Tasman is vying with Australia to keep Bledisloe on track to set records and the very competitive Rugby Championship we look forward to more rugby in the Fall Nations Series starting next Saturday.

The Importance of AD Patel – By ROBERT NORTON

AS a longtime observer of the Fijian political scene and the person who took this group photo in part 1 of his article and recorded the speech quoted in part 2, I would like to comment on Kamal Iyer’s tribute to ADPatel (The Fiji Times October 2, 2021). Having known Mr. Patel, observed him at political rallies and interviewed him on several occasions in 1966, I can partly agree with Mr. Iyer’s assessment.

Movement for Change – By SAVENACA NARUBE

WE desperately need to live in a country that respects our rights and freedoms. We desperately need a government that champions good governance and listens to us the people. We desperately need a prudent and experienced economic leader who will give us hope to resolve the crisis we are currently facing and to live in peace and prosperity again.

Rabuka, a force to be reckoned with – By AJAY BHAI AMRIT

On Monday, October 11, 2021, The People’s Alliance, Fiji’s newest political party, was officially launched in the Western Division of Fiji. The launch location was not in one of the many glamorous five-star hotels dotted around the area, but in the humble and tranquil setting of the beautiful village of Nawaka in Nadi. This in itself set the tone for a rather remarkable speech, which was delivered by party leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Sitiveni Rabuka’s name is no stranger to anyone in Fiji, as from an early age he has been involved in sports, local politics, regional politics, peacekeeping missions, etc., at most high level.



We also have indoor entertainment news pages for your weekend reading pleasure. Check them.



This section of the journal is not limited to motor vehicles. There is a lot of information inside for the auto buff.


Most important on the last page concerns 7s national coach Gareth Baber leaving his coaching position to focus on pursuing a career in 15s rugby.

Coach Baber looks at code 15s


AFTER leading the Fiji 7 team to a gold medal at the Olympics, outgoing coach Gareth Baber turns to the 15-game. “I’m definitely looking for opportunities in the 15-game,” Baber said yesterday , after announcing an early termination of his contract and stepping down as head coach of Fiji 7. Despite having spent nearly a decade in the short code, Baber was ready to make the switch, ” I understand that I have coached 7s in the last seven years of my life prior to Fiji and Hong Kong this is where my attention and attention has been and certainly has been since being in Fiji.


There is more inside. .. but you’ll need to get a copy to find out what we’re talking about. Good reading!

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