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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 8) – Carpenters Fiji Ltd., a Suva-based business conglomerate with holdings across the Pacific, has begun calling for tenders for the construction of a 21-storey building in central Suva.

The project will be the tallest building in the Pacific.

Carpenters properties manager Daniel Whippy says the tenders have also been extended to overseas companies.

Whippy says a number of companies have submitted tenders which will close at the end of the month. He says it will take another month to scrutinize the tenders before a contract is awarded - and it may take another month before the contractor can start work.

Whippy expects construction to begin by early May. He's hopeful that the construction of the 21-storey building will take 18 months to complete.

Whippy says they published the tenders overseas because local companies are busy and the fact that Fiji currently faces a shortage of skilled tradesmen.

The building, which will be the tallest in the Pacific islands, will have three stories of shopping space and 18 of offices.

The building will replace the old MH Store, a popular centre for Suva residents that was burnt to the ground in December, 1998.

The Carpenters group is a subsidiary of the MBf group of companies in Malaysia. It has commercial interests in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Western Samoa. In Fiji, other MBf group entities are engaged in ventures such as Financial Services and Credit Card Services

January 10, 2005



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