A loan was given by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to the Fiji Government to carry out improvements to the main ports of Suva and Lautoka. As part of ADB’s policy, a condition of the loan was that improvements had to be implemented in Fiji’s management of its port assets.
CGR was commissioned to carry out a management study into the administration and organisation of the port sector in Fiji. A review of common port management structures throughout the world was undertaken and the Landlord Port Authority was recommended. Widespread changes to the management of Maritime and Ports Authority of Fiji were recommended. One of the key issues identified was the need to introduce competition into the stevedoring sector. It was recommended that a second stevedore licence be issued to introduce a competitor to the existing stevedore – the government owned corporation Port Terminals Limited.
CGR’s study involved port economics, financial modelling, organisational management, institutional analysis and legal and legislative considerations of the structure of the relevant organisations involved in the port sector in Fiji.
Extensive field work and consultation was undertaken with the stakeholders in Fiji in undertaking the study.