Starting a Business in


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 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2016.

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No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

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 and manual search systems are both available. The Government of Fiji has introduced a website (www.egov.gov.fj) for all applications for name reservation to be made online in 2010. 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 www.egov.gov.fj. 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.

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.
4 days FJD 50 for name reservation + FJD 10 for company name search + VAT

Hire services of a lawyer to draft company documents

Agency: Lawyer

Fees may vary from FJD 1,000 to FJD 2,000. In most cases lawyers and/or accountants still prepare most of the documents necessary to register a company.
3 days FJD 1200

Register the company with the Companies Registrar

Agency: Companies Registrar

Under the Companies Act 2015. The company is required to complete and lodge a Form A2 (under section 20 of the Act) together with the required fee which is FJD49.05 for private companies.

Form A2 requires the company to provide details of the company, governance of the company, registered office, principal place of business, officeholders details, details of ultimate holding company, share structure details, details of its members.

There is no longer a need for the company to have a Memorandum of Association under the 2015 Companies Act. A company is only required to have Articles of Association. It may adopt the standard articles from the Act or vary the standard articles provided in the Act.

The company is still required to have a local tax identification number which can be obtained from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority in 1 day.
7 days FJD 45
* 4

Register for Tax Identification Number (TIN) with FRCA

Agency: Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority (FRCA)

To finish the registration process of a new business with the Registrar of Companies entrepreneurs must first obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN) from FRCA. The procedure is as follows:

1 - The person must visit the Companies Office and fill the
necessary form. The Companies office will stamp such
form and will request the person to visit FIRCA to obtain
2 - At FRCA, the person must fill in the TIN registration
Form. A copy of the preliminary documents submitted
to the Companies Office must be attached to the TIN
Registration Form. The preliminary document refers to
forms lodged at Companies Office and the Articles of Association.
3 - The FRCA will issue a standard letter confirming the TIN.
4 - The TIN must be supplied to the Companies Office that
will facilitate the issue of Business Registration Certificate.
5 - The Registrar of Companies will send a copy of Business
Registration Certificate to FIRCA for updating of taxpayer
1 day (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

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

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 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

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)

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 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 (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge

* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.