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Partnership to Improve Government Online Services for Yachting

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) has signed an agreement with the Australian-funded Market Development Facility to support the digitalization of the clearance system for Fiji’s yachting industry.

The online portal, which will be designed by FRCS, builds on its existing Automated Systems of Customs Data(ASYCUDA) infrastructure and aims to bolster the Fijian Government’s ‘Blue Lanes’ initiative.

Once complete, the portal will facilitate the timely yachting clearance and information coordination with relevant agencies, including compliance with all Covid-19 safety protocols that have been put in place.

According to FRCS, the new partnership with the Market Development Facility (MDF), fills a vital role in facilitating industry consultation during the critical development and testing stages for the new portal.

The new integrated system will allow key yachting stakeholders, including marinas, yachting agents, border and government agencies to access timely and accurate information in one place.

In order to develop a portal that is robust and relevant, we will need the input of all these key stakeholders. We are very grateful to the Australian Government through MDF, for supporting us in these efforts.

Under the new agreement, MDF will also provide technical and marketing support to FRCS, including the development of an instructional video on how to navigate the portal, compliance with FRCS requirements, and an awareness campaign for the yachting sector.

“The portal development was a key recommendation of the 2018 Economic Impact of International Yachting in Fiji Report to help strengthen Fiji’s reputation as a regional yachting destination and it is even more relevant now given the success of Fiji’s ‘Blue Lanes’. We are glad to work with FRCS to support this initiative and subsequently the recovery efforts and growth of Fiji’s tourism industry,” said MDF Country Director, Malcolm Bossley.

According to the 2018 Economic Impact of International Yachting in Fiji Report, the yachting industry contributed approximately FJD60 million annually to the Fiji economy.

With the closure of international borders due to COVID-19 and the suspension of commercial air travel to Fiji, yachting has now become the key means of tourism revenue and employment for the country. Under the Blue Lanes, over 100 yachts visited Fiji in 2020.

 

For further information, please email publicrelations@frcs.org.fj or bilitaki.lovo@thepalladiumgroup.com or call mobile 777 2063.

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