| || || Verebalavu, Jese.|
| || || Indigenous Fijians in business : a study of cane farmers|
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Subject: Business enterprises -- Fiji, Entrepreneurship -- Fiji
Call No.: pac HC 685 .5 .Z9 B87 1998
Copyright:40-60% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: As in other multiracial Third World countries, so in Fiji, the lack of indigenous people participating competitively in business has been of great concern. This problem has often been raised, and is a very important topic of discussion at tikina, yasana and national levels. This has prompted past and present Fiji governments to design development policies as well as ofFering initiative programmes for indigenous Fijians in the hope of involving many of them in business. The Government has been instrumental in the establishing of some large indigenous Fijian businesses, such as the Uluisaivou Corporation, the Yalavou Rural Development Project, the Cooperative Movement, the Seaqaqa Cane Scheme, Fijian Holdings Limited and the Equity Investment Company Limited, The aftermath of the 1987 political crisis in Fiji conspicuously showed to the nation and the government of the day that the lack of participation by indigenous Fijians in business was a serious problem which needed to be addressed painstakingly. Realizing the severity of the problem and hoping to encourage interested indigenous persons into business, enhance existing indigenous Fijian business and promote indigenous Fijian participation in business in 1988 the Government introduced a Nine-Point Plan. The Plan clearly states the aspirations of the Government as far as indigenous Fijian business is concerned. In addition, the 1990 Fiji Constitution also enshrines the involvement of indigenous Fijians in business. Initiative programmes, such as the Commercial Loans to Fijian Scheme were introduced in co-operation between the Fiji Development Bank and the Fiji National Provident Fund. The scheme proved very successful in providing loans for either failed or unrealized indigenous Fijian business. However, the attempt to achieve success in business does not always lead to failure for all indigenous Fijians.