12 Dec 2016

Fiji's acting PM hits back over travel boycott

1:31 pm on 12 December 2016

Fiji's Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says calls from foreign landowners for a boycott of travel to Fiji are outrageous.

The Fiji Landowners Association has attacked the Fiji government over retrospective land laws which require owners to build on their land.

The landowners said many were racing to sell their land before an end of year deadline which was causing the market to crash.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum Photo: SUPPLIED

According to a Fiji Village report Mr Sayed-Khaiyum hit out at the group saying it wasn't legally registered in Fiji and comprises a few expats.

In a speech at the weekend he said amendments to the Land Sales Act were designed to ensure non-residents don't simply buy land without developing it and contributing to the economy.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said owners who couldn't complete works on their land in the required time could apply for an extension.

He said about 15 applications had been made so far.

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