Sugar production is Fiji’s most important industry, even though bottled mineral water has passed on sugar as the largest export product. Sugar is the country’s most important barley crop.
Even at the end of the 2000s, around 200,000 Fijians were estimated to have their income from sugar production directly or indirectly.
However, the relative importance of the sugar industry has gradually diminished; sugar’s share of export income has fallen from 40 percent in 1994 to 14 percent in 2015.
The old sugar mills are out of date and in poor condition due to insufficient investment. The problems are partly due to falling world market prices and unclear lease terms that have caused many sugar growers to give up.
The clothing industry is also in need of modernization. When a favorable trade agreement with the United States expired in 2005, the clothing industry’s share of exports fell rapidly.
Coconut oil is manufactured and exported. Fish processing has grown stronger since the 2000s. Fiji also has a significant forest industry.
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Fiji declares itself free from the corona virus
Fiji declares the nation free of the corona virus after the last known patient has been declared healthy. The Republic has only had 18 confirmed cases of coronas infected residents.
Bainimarama takes over the post of foreign minister
In connection with a government transformation, Prime Minister Bainimarama also takes over the post of Foreign Minister.
Suva is quarantined
Prime Minister Bainimarama orders Suva to be isolated in an attempt to prevent the spread of the new corona virus sars-cov-2 from the capital to the rest of the country. Fiji has at that time confirmed seven cases of the coronary infection that caused a pandemic.
Bainimarama retains power
Prime Minister Bainimarama’s party Fiji first wins half of the vote in the parliamentary elections and can retain government power, albeit with a much smaller margin than in the 2014 election. first. Other parties are left without representation in the legislative assembly. Election day is described as calm, but turnout is lower than in the 2014 election due to heavy rainfall on Election Day. Twenty-three polling stations are closed due to bad weather. In his new government, Prime Minister Bainimarama, as before, also holds the post of Foreign Minister.
Rabuka is freed from suspicions of crime
Two days before the parliamentary elections are to be held, Sitiveni Rabuka, leader of the opposition party Sodelpa, is acquitted in a trial where he is charged with providing incorrect information about his private income and assets. This allows him to run for office in Parliament.
Elections are held in November
Prime Minister Bainimarama announces parliamentary elections until November 14, 2018. It will be the second general election held since the military coup in 2006. Seven parties are running for candidates, including Fiji First and Sodelpa.
President Konrote re-elected
Parliament unanimously elects Jioji Konrote as President for a second and final three-year term. The constitution stipulates that the head of state can only sit for two terms of office.
Sodelpas leaders are prosecuted
Opposition Party Sodelpa’s leader Sitiveni Rabuka is being charged with providing incorrect information about his private income and assets.
Fourteen people are sentenced for separatism
A Fijian court sentenced 14 people to prison for between 1.5 and 3 years for trying to form a Christian outbreak state in the northern province of Ra, where the convicted are supposed to have built military training camps for this purpose. In most cases, the judgments are fully or partially conditional.