The Fijian Government is taking every opportunity to support Fijian businesses to create and sustain employment.

Speaking at the opening of the newly relocated Merch store, Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama said that the government had done away with the archaic process of obtaining a business license.

“So, if the Merch were to launch as a business tomorrow, it could begin operations that same day it was registered – a process we’ve moved entirely online. It’s certainly good news for the next generation of Fijian entrepreneurs which – as a founding sponsor of Kids Market Day – I’m sure Merch’s management appreciates,” PM Bainimarama said.

“With our budget passed, the stage is set for small businesses like this one to take the ball and run with it.”

The head of government added that the latest budget is all about creating jobs.

“Every time I hear about another “budget sale” on the radio, every time I read about a hotel re-opening its doors and re-hiring staff, and every time we celebrate a morning like this one – I know we’re on the right path,” PM Bainimarama said.

Merch store owner Watesoni Nata Jnr also commended the Fijian Government for “sweeping duty reductions” in the 2020-2021 national budget.

“I have just received my tax bill which has reduced drastically,” Mr Nata said.He also acknowledged the government’s commitment to providing accessibility in services for all Fijians and said that this is a stance that his business has taken on board.

The Merch also has plans to expand its business to the Western Division.

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