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Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)

Fiji is well positioned to attract ICT investments, starting from the lower end and moving up the value chain. Fiji has managed to secure its position in attracting renowned ICT investors to locate their back offices offshore.

Current ICT business types include:
  • Call Centers;
  • Mail Management;
  • Data/Voucher Processing;
  • Telehosting/Warehousing;
  • Software Development;
  • Audio Visual; and
  • Disaster Recovery Management System.
The Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) industry is considered as one of the most competitive and dynamic industries in the world. Fiji has managed to secure its position in attracting some renowned ICT investors to locate their back office operations in the country. The objective for Fiji's ICT industry is to harness Fiji's ideal geographic location, competent workforce and world-class IT infrastructure to promote Fiji's capability and competitiveness and create a dynamic, vibrant and wellconnected e-society.

Fiji has competitive advantages in this sector with adequate labor supply, Fiji's good English-speaking populace, Fiji's 93% literacy rate, low cost of doing business in Fiji, easiest place to do business in the Pacific with Fiji being the hub of the Pacific, service culture of Fiji and pro-business/consumer policies & legislations being in place.

Government has approved 2 temporary studio city zones:
  • USP Statham ICT Park; and
  • ATH Technology Park.
Government is currently developing an E-Commerce Bill to ensure that interest of suppliers & buyers engaged in transactions over the net are adequately protected.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The Zone is the result of Government's investment and export development project that was financed by the European Union.

USP ICT Park – infrastructure & amenities on the site include a fiber optic connection to the FINTEL Fiji hub via USP's hub. The university is currently developing a catering facility on the site to service tenants.

ATH Technology Park – the site is on a 40 acre of land right next door to the FINTEL's Communication Centre with ease access to the Southern Cross Cable Network.

INCENTIVES
(i) The income of an Information Communication Technology (ICT) operator operating in the declared Kalabu Tax Free Zone from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2016 shall be exempt from tax for 10 years.

Income tax exemption is available to ICT investors under the following criteria:-
  • Business employs 50 employees or more for any 6months within the income year; and
  • 60 percent of its total services is exported.
(ii) The income of any new operator who is granted a license from 1 January 2009 to be exempt from tax for a period of 13 years
  • Any new operator may apply and pay a license fee of$1,000 per annum to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue. The Tax exemption is granted from the date of the initial license.
Income tax exemption is available to investors under the following criteria:-
  • Business employs 50 employees or more for any 6months within the income year; and
  • 50 percent of its total services is exported.
  • Duty free importation of computer, computer parts &accessories, plant, equipment & fittings, and specialized furniture for initial establishment and during its ongoing operations to approved ICT/BOP Business operators from1 January 2009.
ICT Accredited Training Institutions
The income of any new operator setting up ICT accredited training institutions who is granted a license from 1 January 2015 to be exempt from tax for a period of 13 years
  • Any new operator may apply and pay a license fee of $1,000 per annum to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue. The Tax exemption is granted from the date of the initial license.
Income tax exemption is available to investors under the following criteria:-
  • Business employs 50 employees or more for any 6months within the income year; and
  • 50 percent of its total services is exported.
  • Duty free and VAT exemption on the importation of all items required for the establishment of the business.
Application Design and Software Development
The income of any new operator setting up ICT businesses involved in Application designing and Software development who is granted a license from 1 January 2015 to be exempt from tax for a period of 13 years
  • Any new operator may apply and pay a license fee of $1,000 per annum to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue. The Tax exemption is granted from the date of the initial license.
Income tax exemption is available to investors under the following criteria:-
  • Business employs 50 employees or more for any 6months within the income year; and
  • 50 percent of its total services is exported.
  • Duty free and VAT exemption on the importation of all items required for the establishment of the business.
Small ICT start-ups
  • For small ICT start-ups, a 150% deduction on all start-upcosts will be made available with no employment conditions/requirements attached.
FOREIGN INVESTMENT REGULATION FOR ICT SECTOR IN FIJI
Under the 2009 Foreign Investment Regulations (FIR) and Foreign Investment (Amendment) Regulation 2013 undertaking any activities in ICT sector does not have any minimum investment requirement.