24 Jul 2008

Fiji water bottlers resume production after talks with administration

9:54 am on 24 July 2008

Fiji's interim government and a group of water bottlers have reached a compromise and the administration has agreed to repeal the 20 per cent excise and 20 cents a litre export tax.

The Fijilive website quotes Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum as saying a resolution was reached between government and bottled water companies, including Fiji Water, VTY, Island Chill, Aqua Pacific, Aqua Safe and VitiBlu late yesterday.

He said the Government and the bottled water companies would hold discussions regarding the appropriate level of compensation to be paid to the Government by the various companies for the bottling of water

He added that the companies would restart production and shipment immediately.