The Ministry of Trade, Co-operatives and Small and Medium Enterprises together with the Fiji Ministry of Public Works, Meteorological Services, and Transport, the Fiji Bus Operators Association, Land Transport Authority of Fiji and other relevant stakeholders are working on the implementation of a new bus electronic ticketing system.
This system intends to replace the current electronic ticketing system (‘e-Ticketing System’). To this extent, a Tender with an accompanying Terms of Reference has been advertised on 11 November 2023 and will close at 3.00pm on 1 December 2023.
The current e-Ticketing System was launched in October 2017 and has over 1.9 million registered cards and 2.5 million disposable cards issued since its launch. The system has been credited with improving the efficiency and transparency of the bus industry and has made it easier for passengers to pay their fares. The e-Ticketing System is currently used by all 57 bus companies in Fiji – supporting both long-haul and short-haul bus services and is managed by Vodafone Fiji Limited.
With the current e-Ticketing system approaching the end of its operational life, the Technical Working Group comprising of representatives from the two Ministries and stakeholders have meticulously assessed the challenges of the current e-Ticketing System and have actively sought ways to overcome these challenges and enhance the system, aiming to improve public services. This joint effort reflects a proactive commitment to ensure the continued effectiveness of the electronic ticketing infrastructure, aligning it with evolving technological standards and the evolving needs of public services.
All pertinent details have been carefully gathered, documented, and incorporated into the advertised Tender document which was officially published. The Tender is to invite qualified and experienced firms, agencies, system integrators, and solution providers to express their interest in participating in the procurement and implementation of a cutting-edge Electronic Ticketing System.
“This new system will not only modernise the existing public transportation fare collection processes but will also pave the way for its expansion to other modes of public service transportation alongside the maritime sector, and I welcome this unreservedly”, said Hon. Manoa Kamikamica.
Interested suppliers are invited to register here and submit their expression of interest before 3.00pm, 1 December 2023.
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The Fiji Government is currently accepting Expressions of Interest for investment opportunity in shipbuilding
The Government of Fiji is exploring investment options to revive its shipbuilding industry. There is Land available for this opportunity, with basic infrastructure and facilities for shipbuilding. The Government will also get its own shipbuilding requirements met through this project for at least five (5) years.
The business model would be based on a joint venture involving Fiji Ships and Heavy Industry Limited, which is a subsidiary of Fiji Ports Corporation Pte Limited. The foreign/local investor(s) are expected to bring in their own capital, technology, and design capabilities.
Expressions of interest are invited from interested parties for this joint venture investment opportunity. Your proposals need to inter-alia include:
- amount of investment for the project;
- description of technology and design capabilities; and
- background of previous investment involvement in this area
The deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest is COB on Friday, 22nd September 2023.
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Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) in partnership with Aspen Medical – Fiji invites tenders for the design and construction of Lautoka Hospital
Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) in partnership with Aspen Medical – Fiji invites tenders for the design and construction of Lautoka Hospital Main Works involving the development of building infrastructure to accommodate 305 beds within a brownfield environment.
Telstra, a global telecommunications company, may consider the construction of a call centre in Fiji, according to recent talks between Telstra executives and the Fijian Government.
The meeting, held last week, involved Telstra Enterprise group executive, David Burns.
Telstra is a prominent Australian telecommunications and technology company, with a workforce of more than 20,000 employees.
Minister for Communications, Manoa Kamikamica, expressed enthusiasm about the potential investment by Telstra in Fiji, stating that it would have a significant impact on the country, which could lead to job creation, skill development and economic growth.
“They want to grow their business here,” Mr Kamikamica said.
“They want to invest more.
“It was a general discussion on communication and how they can grow their business here.
“We just have to see how we can work together.”
Telstra’s presence in Fiji has already been established through its acquisition of Digicel Pacific, in partnership with the Australian Government in 2022.
Digicel Pacific, operating in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu, now operates under Telstra’s ownership.
“We have to treat them with respect and develop a relationship,” Mr Kamikamica said.
SunBiz reached out to Digicel for information on Telstra’s rollout plans here and was told about the implementation of the 5G network as its current strategy.
“I will need to find out what was said there,” Digicel Regional Marketing, PR and Sponsorship manager, Satish Narain, said.