The plastic levy that was introduced last year will now increase from 10 cents to 20 cents per plastic bag.

This is to further discourage the use of plastic bags and promote the use of reusable bags.

It has been revealed that retail outlets that do not have point-of-sale registers and are charging customers’ plastic levy will pay a fine of $25,000 and this also applies to retail outlets who are registered and not charging the plastic levy.

In the 2018/2019 national budget, the government will be introducing a 250 per cent tax deduction on expenditure incurred for eligible Fijians companies investing in Research and Development in the sectors of ICT and renewable energy sectors.

Three hundred thousand dollars has been allocated for the establishment of the Commission under the Online Safety Bill.

The Commission will work to ensure the promotion of online safety by combatting abusive, hateful and illegal behaviour online.

The Commission has also been set up as more Fijians are gaining access to technology and communication through social media.

The government will provide free bus fare assistance to Fijians who are 60 years and above.

Currently, these people pay fifty percent bus fare concession.

The free bus fare assistance will continue for persons with disabilities and both these programmes will be now be fully funded by the government.

 

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