9 Sep 2006

Fiji Commerce Commission delays electricity price rise

8:35 am on 9 September 2006

A public outcry in Fiji has forced the country's Commerce Commission to put on hold a 30% increase in the price of electricity which was to have come into effect next week.

Numerous organisations, and individuals complained that no public submissions has been sought before the commission announced the price rise last week which is in the form of a 30% fuel surcharge

With a 12½ Value Added Tax, the effective increase would have been 34%.

The Commerce Commission chairman, Thomas Raju, says the public will have 10 days to make submissions on the issue before the final decision is made.

Meanwhile, the price of Liquid Petroleum Gas used in newly-introduced gas powered taxis has just been increased and the price of cooking gas is due to go up shortly.