Independent group calls for review of Fiji’s natural resources legislation

Independent group calls for review of natural resources legislation

Independent group calls for review of Fiji’s  natural resources legislation

Maggie Boyle: FBC

An independent informal group, known as the i-Taukei Professionals are calling on the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources to lobby for a review of the current legislation on all natural resources.

Group member Pere Caginivula says in order for Fiji to progress from its colonial chains, it must move away from all the existing laws.

Caginivula says when it comes to the ownership of minerals, Fiji can learn from legislation recently passed in the Pacific.

“The ABG – Autonomous Bougainville Government has just passed their law and their mining law basically specifies all minerals reverted to the landowners, Fiji needs to move away from its old law on payment of its royalties and move into a relationship with the miners, the mining company maybe 10%, 20%, 30% that’s for them to decide the landowners and the mining company.”

Committee Chair Joeli Cawaki says the presentation is been considered only as an information session for the members.

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