Fiji's prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka. Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins
Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says the Coalition Government had not considered or approved any policy guidelines on the issuance of casino licenses.
made the comment at a press conference in Suva following speculation and social
media commentaries regarding the proposed casino development project in the
said in 2011, the Bainimarama government had issued an exclusive gaming license
to One Hundred Sands Limited for 15 years, and the company had planned to build
a luxury casino resort and convention centre on Denarau Island.
in 2015, he said the FijiFirst government revoked One Hundred Sands’ license
because of a breach of license conditions and citing failure of the company to
complete the project and the opening of the casino on time.
One Hundred Sands applied for a judicial review, their application was
dismissed by the High Court and thereafter by the Court of Appeal,” Mr Rabuka
said in April this year, Cabinet considered the proposal to issue a Casino
License to FNPF and it was agreed that a decision be deferred and considered at
a later date.
any further discussion on the matter, the Coalition Government will need to
develop a clear and robust policy guideline on the issuance of Casino license
in Fiji following comprehensive consultations with all stakeholders.
wish to reiterate that until such time that happens, no casino license will be
issued to any entity by the People’s Coalition Government.”
investor from Macau this week announced plans for a $2billion project, which
includes a casino and a 1000-room 7-star hotel.
Group Fiji casino project head Sandeep Singh said the company had been
dedicated to the development of the entertainment, tourism and real estate
sectors and was keen to branch out into Fiji.
company then called a media conference to clarify what it said were false and
misleading information on social media about the proposed casino project.
first phase of the development costing $1billion includes a stand-alone casino
and 1000-room luxury integrated 7-star hotel with restaurants, conference
rooms, a business centre, shopping mall, marina and the infrastructure required
to connect this multifaceted development,” Singh said.
second phase costing another $1 billion would include an amusement park Disney-style,
indoor rugby stadium and entertainment complex and luxury sub division.”