FIJI EYES ROTUMA AS INTERNATIONAL PORT OF ENTRY

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 24) – A taskforce report prepared by representatives of government ministries and statutory organisations in Fiji has seen the potential of an international port of entry to be constructed on the island of Rotuma.

Rotuma is an island some 465 kilometres north of Fiji with a population of a little under 3,000.

The taskforce team conducted a feasibility study on the island and found that there was every possibility that Rotuma could be declared an international port of entry.

And a Government statement today stated the interim Government was seriously considering establishing an international port of entry on the island.

However, Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority national manager border control Tej Ram, who was part of the taskforce, said there were a few pre-requisites to be met before the declaration.

Ram said one of the requirements is the construction of a suitable jetty that could adequately cater for large ships.

He said the existing jetty located at the Oinafa district will need to be extended or relocated to a safer mooring spot that would be conducive to international trading ships.

Another pre-requisite is the establishment of proper quarantine facilities that will ensure the protection of the agricultural industry in Rotuma and its trading partners.

Ram said all the requirements for the declaration of a port of entry will be submitted for Cabinet’s consideration in January next year.

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