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Business Reforms in Fiji

= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative =  Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB2017

Starting a Business: Fiji made starting a business easier by reducing the time required to start a business. Fiji also made starting a business less costly by reducing fees at the business registrar.

Getting Credit: The credit bureau in Fiji suspended operations making it more difficult to gain access to credit information.

Protecting Minority Investors: Fiji strengthened minority investor protections by introducing greater disclosure requirements for related-party transactions.

DB2014

Paying Taxes: Fiji made paying taxes more complicated for companies by transferring the fringe benefit tax liability from employees to employers and by limiting the deductibility of mandatory contributions.

DB2013

Starting a Business: Fiji made starting a business more difficult by requiring new companies applying for a business license to obtain a certificate from the national fire authority and a letter of compliance from the Ministry of Labor.

Dealing with Construction Permits: Fiji made obtaining a construction permit more expensive by implementing a fee for the fire department clearance.

Registering Property: Fiji made transferring property more difficult by requiring parties to a property transaction to obtain a capital gains tax clearance certificate from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority.

Paying Taxes: Fiji made paying taxes less costly for companies by reducing the profit tax rate. At the same time, Fiji introduced capital gains tax.

DB2012

Starting a Business: Fiji made starting a business more difficult by adding a requirement to obtain a tax identification number when registering a new company.

DB2011

Trading across Borders: Fiji made trading easier by opening customer care service centers and improving customs operations.

DB2010

Paying Taxes: Fiji made paying taxes less costly for companies by reducing the corporate income tax rate—though it also imposed a road user levy on all vehicles.

DB2009

Dealing with Construction Permits: Fiji made dealing with construction permits more difficult through new regulations that added new procedures related to health, fire safety, and water and sewerage connections.

Labor Market Regulation: Fiji introduced a requirement to notify third parties in cases of redundancy dismissals and implemented a severance payment obligation.

DB2008

Enforcing Contracts: Fiji made enforcing contracts easier by introducing a new case management system that has improved court operations.