18 Aug 2014

Nadi businesses hope for kickstart after Fiji polls

2:00 pm on 18 August 2014

The President of Nadi's Chamber of Commerce, Ram Raju, says businesses in Fiji's tourism capital are looking forward to a kickstart after the elections.

Nadi has suffered in recent years because of two devastating floods, which have cost his own business more than 100,000 US dollars.

Dr Raju says it has taken perseverance, innovation and soft loans from banks and the government to get small and medium sized business back to pre-flood levels.

"There is optimistic hope that the election is going to be good for everybody, that it will bring back parliamentary democracy into the country and that has already given investor confidence not only in Nadi but for the entire country."

Dr Raju hopes the election will mean a speeding up of work around flood mitigation which has involved development partners like Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.