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Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Fiji. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with between 10 and 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 189 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2015.

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  • Standardized Company

  • Legal form: Private Limited Liability Company
  • Paid-in minimum capital requirement: FJD 0
  • City: Suva
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Check the uniqueness of the proposed company name and reserve name
Agency: Companies Registrar

Company founders must first conduct a search of the Companies, Business Names, and Trade Marks Register to ensure that the name applied for is not confusingly similar (1–2 days). Computerized (basic) and manual search systems are both available. The Government of Fiji has introduced a website ( for all applications for name reservation to be made online. Hard copy applications are no longer accepted by the Registrar of Companies unless an online application is made first.

Application fees for name reservation can be paid in person at the Registrar of Companies' Office or via the online portal at Only MasterCards and VISA cards are accepted. Once the payment is completed online, hard copies of the payment confirmation and the name reservation approval are required to be submitted to the Companies Registry.

The application takes a week to process. If approved, the company name will be reserved for 30 days (with a one-time extension). Company incorporation documents must be lodged with the Registrar within this time.

Currently, it costs FJD5.75 fpr the reservation of name and FJD1.15 for company name search per file (while photocopying costs are FJD0.60 per page).
8 days FJD 5.75 for name reservation + FJD 1.15 for company name search
2 Obtain declaration of due compliance sworn by lawyer
Agency: Lawyer

Fees may vary from FJD 1,000 to FJD 2,000. The Declaration of Due Compliance can be sworn by a lawyer engaged in the formation of the company or by a director or secretary who is named in the Articles of Association of the company as a director or secretary.

The Cost of FJD 1200 for a lawyer is not limited to him or her swearing the Declaration of Due Compliance. The Cost includes searches of the various registers to check for similar names, submission of the name reservation application, preparation of the company's memorandum of association, articles of association, particulars of directors and secretary, notice of situation of registered office and declaration of due compliance.

When a company director or secretary swears the Declaration of Due Compliance, the cost is not substantially (if at all) reduced, because in most cases lawyers and/or accountants still prepare most of the documents necessary to register a company.
3 days FJD 1200
3 Register the company with the Companies Registrar
Agency: Companies Registrar

Under the Fiji Companies Act 1985, companies must submit the following company documents to the Companies Registrar along with the following company incorporation documents in order to register the company and obtain a certificate of incorporation:
- current reservation of company name;
- Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association;
- Form 201, Notice of situation of registered office;
- Form 203, Particulars of directors and secretary;
- Form 208, Declaration of compliance with the requirements of the Companies Act (sworn by a lawyer or a director or secretary named in the Articles of Association of the company as such who was engaged in the formation of the company).

The Registrar of Companies now requires a Tax Identification Number (TIN) from Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority before issuing the Certificate of Incorporation of the company.
Accordingly, the practice now is as follows:
(a) After the documents are lodged at the Companies Office, the Registrar of Companies will release a stamped version of the Memorandum and Articles of Association to the applicant;
(b) The applicant then needs to fill in an “Application for New or Changes to Registration of Companies, Partnerships, Trust or Estates” form. The form is available from the FRCA website;
(c) After the application form has been completed, the signed original version of the application form together with the stamped version of the Memorandum and Articles of Association (and any other documents that may be required by FRCA) needs to be submitted to the Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority (FRCA) for issue of a TIN (Tax Identification Number) to the company;
(d) FRCA will process the application and assuming the application is in order, will issue a letter to the company confirming its TIN.

Since the entrepreneur needs to wait until the TIN number is issued in order to incorporate the company at the Companies Registry, the process of business incorporation takes around 21 days. The registration fees vary depending on the authorized capital of the company.
21 days Registration fee FJD 133 + stamp duty FJD 20 for the stamping of the memorandum and articles of association (FJD 10 each) + FJD 12 (Forms 201, 203, 208 - FJD 4 each)
* 4 Register for Tax Identification Number (TIN) with FRCA
Agency: Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority (FRCA)

Before a company can be registered, it is mandatory to obtain the TIN number from Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA).
11 days on average (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 5 Receive inspection by FRCA
Agency: Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority (FRCA)

By law, since December 2004, if VAT registration is required, the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) requires the inspection of the business premises. Since 2007, the inspection has been the practice as FRCA inspects that there is a physical office during business hours.
1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
6 Submit TIN number to Companies Registry to obtain final incorporation certificate
Agency: Companies Registry

New businesses must submit their TIN number to Companies Registry to obtain their final incorporation certificate.
1 day no charge
7 Obtain the National Fire Authority Certificate (NFA) after inspection
Agency: National Fire Authority

The training takes 3 days. The entrepreneur must request NFA for an inspection of the business premises. Once the request has been made, the NFA officials will inspect the premises during opening hours of the business. If NFA is satisfied with the results of the inspection, it will then issue a compliance certificate to the entrepreneur.

Upon receipt of a compliance certificate from NFA, the entrepreneur must conduct fire safety training for its staff. NFA officers can, for a fee, teach fire safety preventative and protection measures. The employees are trained to respond to a fire incident and how to use the fire safety equipment installed in the workplace.
10 days on average FJD 50-150 (VAT excluded) depending on the size of the business
* 8 Register for statutory training tax
Agency: Fiji National University (FNU)

Statutory training tax is 1% of payroll. The submission of these documents is done by mail. The Training and Productivity Authority at Fiji National University (FNU) will send the form by mail to the office of the new business. Once completed, the form will be mailed back to FNU.
3 days (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
9 Obtain the compliance letter from the Minister of Labour after inspection
Agency: Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment

Since November 2011, the OHS issues a letter of compliance to all type of businesses after an inspection of workers and non-workers in the workplace. In order to obtain this letter, the entrepreneur needs to submit:
- NFA certificate
- business registration certificate
- TIN letter

Three days after submitting the documents, the OHS inspects the business and if all the compliance requirements are met, the compliance letter is issued. The compliance letter then needs to be submitted to the Suva City Council in order to obtain the business license.
3 days FJD 70-150 (FJD 50 for inspection and FJD 2 per employee)
10 Apply for a business license from the relevant licensing authority (Suva City Council)
Agency: Suva City Council

The company must obtain a business license from the relevant licensing authority for each location it conducts business. This license is renewable annually. Depending on the activity, the fees range from FJD 100 to FJD 500.
11 days on average FJD 300
* 11 Register as an employer with the Fiji National Provident Fund
Agency: Fiji National Provident Fund

New businesses must register as an employer with the Fiji National Provident Fund.
11 days on average (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
  * Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

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