Feature Articles 2017
Health insurance is a critical component of the Fijian health care system that can take pressure away from the public health system
These days it has become quite significant to be able to travel to any part of the world, whether for business or leisure, and still be able to use your mobile phone and local SIM card to make calls and use data services. This service which lets your local SIM connect to the rest of the world, from anywhere in the world, is known as roaming.
We all need quick loans at one point or another. This is given the rising demands of living a decent and comfortable life in this day and age. There are times when we run real broke and we decide to take loan to remain afloat. And, many a times, we go for the easy and a quick way to secure loan. That is when money lenders come to our minds.
We understand consumers need money to survive but how to use money has become an important issue. Failing to prioritize needs has resulted in many consumers falling into the vicious cycle of debt.
We live in an era of easy plastic. We like the flexibility of buying online. And some of us like to purchase goods and services from telemarketers, as well. Consumers also like the fact that they can access money more easily than in the past. We certainly reap benefits from rapid technological advances to our appliances, vehicles, and computers. Computers are also responsible for expanding our circle of interactions in ways that would have been unimaginable years ago.
The internet provides us with a huge range of opportunity and choice. We can connect easily and communicate with friends and family around the world, do our weekly shopping and organise our bills and payments all at the touch of a button, saving time and effort. All these activities use our personal information in some way – our bank details to make a payment, our photos and comments, or our address for deliveries. With more data about us online, risks of things like identity theft, hacking, ransomware, scams and fraud increase
Today, in this globalized and interconnected world, we need to work together to protect our Digital Rights. While some sectors, such as finance, have tightened up security, many are not implementing basic measures, and there is often low awareness among consumers about how to secure a device or keep information safe.
On 15th March, Consumer Council of Fiji will be celebrating World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD). This will be part of a global campaign to build a better Digital World that promotes access, participation and innovation that is good for consumers, the economy and society.
Buying a plot of land and building a house on it is a dream for many of us. While the Housing Authority of Fiji is mandated to provide affordable housing for the working class in Fiji, the demand far exceeds supply by as much as 4 times. This leads to home and land buyers searching outside and ending up with private developers who are more likely to charge very high prices.
Electricity is an essential energy source that plays a critical role in growth and development of Fiji. It is one of the greatest technological innovations of mankind. Electricity has become an integral part of our homes & businesses. One cannot imagine life without power.
Safety features in new cars should be universal. This simple measure would save thousands of lives every year.
The spread of counterfeit products has increased globally in recent years. Counterfeiting is everywhere - it can affect what we eat, what we watch, what medicines we take and what we wear. Counterfeiting and piracy is also seen in Fiji whether its electronic goods, spare parts, cosmetics, clothes, shoes, alcohol, chemicals, bags, movies or music.
Over the years the State has focused on improving the socio-economic status of all Fijians. This is especially true for those on the margins of our society, so as to ensure that all consumers have access to affordable and quality housing.