The pivotal importance of sending money to and from other countries has been highlighted by the opening of a second Western Union.
Ahead of an opening next week, Western Union were yesterday preparing their new premises in Muri, next to the Convenience store.
The new location is intended to be more accessible to the locals, foreign workers and tourists who need to send and receive money.
Fijian national Rilesh Ravi lives in Titikaveka. He welcomes the move saying it makes things easier for the expatriate workers working and living in the Muri area.
Ravi sends around $200 a fortnight to his parents’ bank in Fiji – as the only child, he is the sole bread winner for his family.
For the past two-and-a-half years he has had to travel to Avarua to send money for his parents.
He said he did this on his lunch breaks. Now, with the new Western Union outlet in Muri, it would be easier.
The new office was a very good initiative: “This will save me time (45 minutes) driving into town on my lunch break.”
Hotel worker Jess King Bau shared the same sentiments stating that a number of hotel workers are happy with Western Unions plans as it saves them time from rushing to Avarua.
The 28-year-old who sends money home to Fiji for his family and his only son, says: “It’s not easy heading to Avarua, standing in a long line and waiting for our turn, checking our watch making sure we are back to work in time.”
He said the new branch is a great advantage for expatriate workers.
Western Union is established in 200 countries worldwide. The company has been moving money for over 145 years, for its 150 million cutomers.