2 Oct 2014

Fiji's NFP calls for lower VAT

4:59 pm on 2 October 2014

Fiji's opposition National Federation Party has called for a five-percent drop in VAT to 10 percent as one measure to help lower the cost of living.

The call tops a list of 11 points made by the party's leader, Biman Prasad, in a letter to the finance minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The NFP leader also proposes lowering import duties on lamb, potato, rice and flour and the scrapping of duty on milk products.

The proposal were submitted ahead of Saturday's planned talks on the 2015 budget.

The NFP says the budget should also make provisions to help drought-stricken areas.