Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has stressed that now is the time for everyone in Fiji to work together in solidarity to ensure sustainability of the Fijian economy.

Officiating at the opening of the British American Tobacco (BAT) new leaf processing facility in Votualevu Nadi, the A-G stated that cooperation from all stakeholders and sectors of the economy will ensure there is job sustainability and creation in the country.

“The Government is very mindful of these types of strategic investments that need to be made and we play a facilitating role, provide the various incentives that’s required to foster and engender, investment so businesses in Fiji feel confident, they have a level-playing field; the rules are transparent; the rules are consistent and indeed, policies are consistent to give their level of confidence.”

The A-G also acknowledged British American Tobacco Fiji for its continuous support towards its employees as none of them faced termination from work amid uncertain economic situation brought about by COVID-19.

BAT general manager Jeremy Hackett stated that BAT Fiji has shown commitment to invest in the local economy and today’s opening of the Green Leaf Threshing Factory represents the culmination of more than two years of planning and hard work.

“When finished, BAT will have invested approximately $10million in the Green Leaf Threshing Factory. This project is a representation of BAT’s commitment to investing and continuing to operate in the local industry.”

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