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Fiji: Arms and ammunition

10 July 2011 5,098 No Comment
Jun 30 , 2011

 Below is a statement from the Attorney General’s Chambers; Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum (Attorney General)

1. The comments made by the Ministry of Defence official have obviously been put out of context by certain sections of the media and various NGO personalities.

2. The Bainimarama Government welcomes foreign direct investment into Fiji.

3. All investors and investment proposals need to be compliant with all Fijian laws.

4. Accordingly, should there be any proposal by an investor to set up an arms or ammunition manufacturing plant in Fiji then that proposal will be assessed vis a vis the ability of the investor to comply with the laws of Fiji, which will include obtaining the approval of the relevant regulatory agencies.

5. In 2003 during the SDL Government, the Arms and Ammunition Act 2003 was enacted. The Act allows for the manufacture of arms and ammunition in Fiji under certain conditions. Prior to the 2003 Act the 1978 Arms and Ammunitions Act (Cap188) also allowed the manufacture of arms and ammunition in Fiji under certain conditions.

6. Accordingly, Fijian law since 1978 has envisaged and allowed the manufacture of arms and ammunition.

7. Needless to say no investor has hitherto made an investment in this area of manufacturing.

8. So for certain sections of the media and certain NGO personalities to portray the statement of the Ministry of Defence official as a new policy direction is both misleading and false.

9. No doubt some of these NGO personalities maybe aware that some of their donor countries in fact have arms and ammunition manufacturing facilities.

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