Fiji grants casino license

Credits: FNFP
Credits: FNFP

The island country Fiji has granted the first license to be able to operate a gambling facility.

Fiji.- Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji’s Minister of Economy, announced that the Fiji National Provident Fund obtained a license to operate a casino in the territory. Operators have been trying to obtain the permission for quite some time now.

Earlier this year, the Fiji Court of Appeal rejected an appeal filed by One Hundred Sands, which was against the government’s call to remove its license, as Intergame said. “The casino will support the members of the fund. The FNPF will further diversify its portfolio and pull in higher returns for its 340,000 members, the ordinary workers of Fiji,” said Minister Sayed-Khaiyum. Whilst the potential operators showed earlier this year their concerns over the decision that a casino project could not prosper, they remained hopeful that the measure could be overturned later this year.

Earlier this year in the Polynesia, Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva confirmed that the country won’t grant a casino license. The directors of Tavake Tamara Ltd said that they were close to fulfilling the requirements needed to move on with the casino petition, but the official confirmed that there’s still no room for casinos in Tonga, even if he’s still open to discuss upcoming proposals.

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