Bulaman Blog - Februar 2007
25. February 2007 19:15
Zum ersten Mal - zumindest als ich es zurückverfolgen kann - seit der NLTB
IT-"Skandal" an die Oberfläche gespült wurde, sprach heute Ballu Khan von
PacificConnex in einem Artikel der "Fiji Times". Hier der volle Text:
Wealth divide will fuel coups, Khan says
Local businessman and business strategist Ballu Khan says until
measures are identified to better understand and bridge the wealth divide
between indigenous Fijians and their more successful Fiji-Indian
counterparts, the coup culture will continue.
The ousted Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party, he said, came close
to achieving this but failed to specify the enablers they would use and what
the expected end result was to be.
He said political and economic instability would be rife unless Fijian
leaders recognised and addressed the underlying problem.
"Any leader worth their salt and doesn't understand this will
contribute to the existing 65 per cent of the population being the poorest.
You need a sufficient number of the middle class to run the economic engine
of this country," Mr Khan said.
Pacific Connex specialists in Information Technology attempted to tap
into the mobile phone market in an effort to contribute to indigenous Fijian
investments, he said.
"We were trying to create an overnight asset worth $3million for the
Native Land Trust Board and Vanua Development Corporation as a means to
bridge the wealth divide between the majority of indigenous Fijians and
their successful counterparts of other races. We felt that was one step in
the right direction but the disappointment for me is that Fijian leaders
fail to recognise this," Mr Khan said.
"We've been fighting two years to get our license. Just before the
elections we got approval of the license which is half way now and something
we will fight to retain. We are not going to sit back and have the
Government take back rights we already have. We spent millions in last two
years to get to where we were. A change in Government doesn't mean we give
away our constitutional right. "Just because something is difficult doesn't
mean we give up.
"I'm not one to live off other people's pockets or use people to do
things. That's one thing the military clean up campaign has never proven
ever in the face of allegations of corruption."
He said indigenous Fijians should, by now, own assets worth around
"The Fijian people can control their own destiny. They can run all
their schools. Each province can have its own doctors and nurses, schools
and private hospitals. The only thing lacking is the political drive and
vision to make hard decisions. There's nothing racist about this. I'm
talking reality," Mr Khan said.
He said there had to be one Fijian leader who could stand up and
military leader Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama was in a unique position to
arrest the problem.
"But we're not certain where he's at with his policies regarding the
indigenous people. Restructure of NLTB and the increase landowners rentals
are just a small part of it. What's lacking is the political will."
Reacting to criticism against his company Pacific Connex's involvement
in an IT project at the Native Land Trust Board, Mr Khan said whoever was
behind moves to destroy the Vanua Development Corporation and PCX would have
a lot to answer to, because of the involvement of indigenous Fijians in the
He defended the tender process at NLTB, adding that what NLTB
practiced had a world class bidding process.
"We knew none of the tenders complied with the specifications.
Nowadays, you don't want a custom-built software because you don't
want to inherit the technical hub run by some large organisation where you
have no control over the path of development of the piece of software. Once
you write it and unless you have the technical skills to upgrade it, it's a
costly exercise. You inherit a lot of risks. So the way we proposed it we
take the software of the shelf, we configure it for NLTB purposes. That was
the thrust of it. A lot of agendas were at play to discredit PCX and me
"We've embedded the Vola ni Kawa Bula structure into the system at
NLTB from the yasana to the tokatoka. The system does it automatically. You
have different lease distribution formulas. It's not homogeneous.
He said claims the IT system failed from time to time was a matter he
did not understand as the system had been running for the past two years.
"It does its own maintenance with errors every now and then," Mr Khan
Wie Herr Khan von einem "world class bidding process" sprechen kann,
ist mir schleierhaft.
So habe ich denn rasch einen Leserbrief an die Tageszeitungen in Fidschi
Good that someone is now doing the IT review at NLTB. A pity, though,
that no official tender was sought. One may ask why only chartered
accountants were invited. Are there no unbiased IT consultants or other
qualified professionals in Fiji who could do an IT review/audit for a
fraction of the cost?
One of the questions the reviewers should now be asking: Why were the
unused SAP licenses paid by the ministry of finance end of 1999 not
transferred to NLTB for free or a small nominal fee? The government has paid
at least F$4m for the SAP R/3 software. And until now it has never been
As for Mr. Ballu Khan telling (in yesterday’s “Fiji Times”) that the
NLTB has a ‘world class bidding process’, please allow me to laugh.
The advertisement of 20 January 2004 by NLTB only sought ‘expression
of interest for its IT roadmap’. 14 entities have shown interest and
submitted their company profile. Remember: closing date for submission was
two days after the ad first appeared.
NLTB’s Mua wrote a few days latter to ‘unsuccessful’ bidders: “After
evaluating your company profile the Board regrets to advise that your
submission did not meet the specified requirements.”
What ‘specific requirements’? All these 14 bidding companies probably
only wanted to know – NLTB’s IT roadmap or any specifications. Because the
only condition in the ad was to submit a company profile. Nothing more.
If there weren’t any specifications mentioned in the EOI ad, how can
Mr. Khan now say: "We knew none of the tenders complied with the
As Shakespeare would say: something is rotten in the state of … (make
up your own words).
24. Februar 2007, 15:30
Weil draussen ziemliches Regenwetter herrscht, habe ich noch Zeit, einen am
16.3.2004 in den fidschianischen Tageszeitungen veröffentlichten Leserbrief
abzudrucken. Schon damals war mir ganze IT-Deal PacificConnex suspekt.
After several articles and even a NLTB press release on the subject, I
would like to put my two cents in.
On 20 January 2004, an advertisement appeared in the local dailies. In
it, the NLTB sought expression of interest for its IT Roadmap.
14 individuals or companies have shown expression of interest. As a
matter of fact there was only one condition in the ad: to submit a company
profile. I know that at least some of the unsuccessful ones received a few
days later the following text in an e-mail from Mr. Mua:
After evaluating your company profile the Board regrets to advise
that your submission did not meet the specified requirements.
May I ask where in NLTB’s advertisement was anything mentioned about
“specific requirements”? What exactly did NLTB expect companies to offer in
their “submissions” when closing date was two days after the ad had been
placed? All companies expressing their interest probably wanted to know
NLTB’s exact specifications or at least been given the IT roadmap.
It is understandable that three companies out of those 4 which were
given the specifications are Fijian-owned companies. This is probably in
line with Government’s blueprint. It would be interesting to know how many
of the three local companies have SAP experience.
It is incorrect when NLTB states “PacificConnex has the sole rights
for the use of the SAP system in Fiji.” There is no such thing as SAP
exclusivity to country markets. If PacificConnex in its maximum 6 weeks of
operation – has anyone found that company using a Google search? – has
already gained SAP Channel Partner status, then I say good luck to them.
While SAP is indeed the Rolls-Royce of accounting software, it must be
noted that since 1998 the Government of Fiji has unsuccessfully tried to
implement the older R/3 version. There is persistent rumour that the SAP R/3
project may be scrapped altogether and a new, cheaper and less complex
software might be evaluated (or is now PacificConnex already in the pipeline
for a SAP contract for the Ministry of Finance?)
Giving the fact that the government has paid millions of dollars for
software licenses to SAP, why could NLTB not acquire a subset of these
licenses? If not, why pay annually the hefty sum F$1.3M for twelve years, if
a SAP SME solution for 20-users has a starting price of F$300,000 (status
end-2002, price includes software licenses and 1 server hardware)?
The only real spin-off in this IT roadmap saga is that NLTB will have
controlling shares in its own IT company. This is an excellent strategic
decision and should be applauded.
It remains to be seen how many local SAP specialists – to be trained
in the next few years – will stay in Fiji. I have been reliably informed
that way back in mid-2002, the annual salary of IT staff in Europe with two
years experience in SAP FI and HR module is between F$128,000 – F$165,000.
No, Mr. Bakani, there is no politisation “by some people with a
particular agenda”. I say if NLTB has been spending the horrendous IT budget
of F$1.178M annually, then you guys – and ultimately the landowners – may
have been taken for a ride, a ride lasting 29 years.
And at least two guys got a free ride to Tacoma!
24. Februar 2007, 10:00
Also ist wieder mal eine internationale Revisionsgesellschaft mit dem Audit
des IT-Systems vom National Land Trust Board (NLTB) beauftragt worden.
Der Interimsminister für fidschianische Angelegenheiten, Ratu Epeli Ganilau,
hat gesagt, dass verschiedene Buchhaltungsfirmen eingeladen wurden, Offerten für
die Revision von NLTB abzugeben. Hingegen hätten nur zwei ihr Interesse bekundet.
Schade ist es wirklich, dass kein öffentliches Ausschreiben erfolgt ist. Denn
einige meiner Freunde und ich selbst hätten gerne - und zu einem sicheren
tieferen Preis - geholfen, bei einem solchen Audit tätig zu sein.
Bereits anfangs 2000 hatten wir einen kleinere Audit des
Gesundheitsminsteriums durchgeführt und starke "Anomalien" festgestellt, was
sogenannte "Y2K"-Upgrades gekostet haben.
Zudem waren wir noch bevor PacificConnex als der alleinige Wiederverkäufer
für SAP-Software in Fidschi benannt wurde, mit SAP in direktem E-mail Kontakt.
Wir wussten deshalb bereits damals die SAP-Preise.
Aber es ist nach wie vor das Gleiche: immer gewinnen die grossen
Revisionsgesellschaften wie PWC, Ernst & Young oder KPMG die Audit-Kontrakte.
PWC hatte ja Mitte 2001 eine Ausschreibung gewonnen, beim Finanzministerium
die SAP-Einführung zu projektieren.
Wir haben im November 2001 eine Offerte in Zusammenarbeit mit zwei
Schweizerfirmen und einer deuschen Firma für SAP-Consultants eingereicht, wurden
aber nicht berücksichtigt.
Mindestens F$ 4 Millionen wurden vorgängig vom Finanzministerium für die
Beschaffung von SAP R/3 bereits ausgegeben. Bis heute wurde die Software NIE
eingesetzt. Hätte man diese ungenutzten Softwarelizenzen 2004 nicht dem NLTB
fast gratis überlassen können?
Haben wir "sour grapes"? Nur ein bisschen. Vielleicht habe ich selbst mal
noch Zeit, die ganze Zeitlinie des SAP-Projekts bei NLTB zu dokumentieren. An
Hintergrundmaterial fehlt es mir wahrlich nicht.
Viel wichtiger erscheint uns, dass eine Organisation wie NLTB, welche
immerhin über 90% der Landreserven von Fidschi im Interesse der fidschianischen
Landbesitzer redlich verwalten sollte, dazu kommt, eine solch überrissene Summe
für ihr neues IT-System auszugeben.
Man bedenke: 2004 waren dort weniger als 200 Leute beschäftigt. Also maximal
So sehe ich mit Spannung dem Auditbericht von KPMG entgegen.
Untenstehend zur Archivierung noch ein paar Artikel betreffend NLTB-Audit.
Hier die Meldung von "Fijilive"
vom 22. Februar 2007:
KPMG to audit NLTB's IT system
Accounting and auditing firm KPMG has been selected to carry out a special
audit of the MySAP IT system currently used by the Native Land Trust Board
to provide its information system.
The Board of NLTB, which includes Fiji President Ratu Josefa Iloilo,
approved the selection of the firm today.
Interim Minister for Fijian Affairs Ratu Epeli Ganilau said the firm's
interim report is scheduled to be considered by the Board's Standing
Committee on March 30.
"After that review, KPMG is to submit their final report to the Standing
Committee for its later consideration by the full NLTB Board on April 26,
2007," he said.
Ratu Epeli adds that several accounting firms were requested to submit
tenders for the special audit. Only two submitted their interests.
An earlier statement by Ratu Epeli said that the audit has been commissioned
as a result of the growing concerns relating to the management, the alleged
misuse of the Board's resources and the alleged failure of the 'mySAP' IT
system to achieve all of its deliveries.
A company headed by a Fijian millionaire won the tender to install the mySAP
system at a cost of $16m in 2004 amidst much opposition from rival bidders.
NLTB's General Manager Kalivati Bakani and Strategic Change Manager Mojito
Mua have been sent on leave to allow for an inspection of the organisation's
Hier ein ähnlicher Artikel aus der "Fiji
Times" von heute:
KPMG to audit board system
Interim Fijian Affairs Minister, Ratu Epeli Ganilau+ Enlarge this
Interim Fijian Affairs Minister, Ratu Epeli Ganilau
ACCOUNTING firm KPMG has been selected to audit the Native Land Trust
Board's information technology system.
This was approved by the NLTB board at its meeting on Thursday.
Minister for Fijian Affairs and board chairman, Ratu Epeli Ganilau,
said KPMG had been told of the board's approval.
"The interim report is scheduled to be considered by the board's
standing committee on March 30," he said.
"After the review, KPMG is to submit their final report to the
standing committee for later consideration by the NLTB on April 26."
The audit was commissioned by Ratu Epeli after board general manager
Kalivati Bakani and strategic change manager Mojito Mua were sent on leave
last month to make way for the audit of the IT system, known as mySAP, which
was installed at a cost of $16million in 2004.
The NLTB IT system provider, Pacific Connex, has denied the system
cost $16m, saying that amount was the cost for services over 11 years.
Meanwhile, Ratu Epeli also said in view of the numerous allegations
levelled at the NLTB, the Anti Corruption Unit would also look at these
"The interim Government, through its Anti Corruption Unit, will be
tasked to carry out an operational audit of NLTB and determine if there have
been breaches under the Native Lands Trust Act by officers of the board.
23. Februar 2007, 18:30
Archivierung gedacht: die neue Liste der Minister (es sind etliche weniger als
in früheren Regierungen - gut so!!!)
Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs, Immigration and Information -
Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, Electoral Reform and Anti-Corruption -
Minister for Finance, National Planning, Public Enterprise and Sugar Industry -
Mahendra Pal Chaudhry
Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade - Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
Minister for Fijian Affairs, Heritage, Provincial Development and Multi-Ethnic
Affairs -Ratu Epeli Ganilau
Minister for the Public Service and Public Sector Reform - Poseci Bune
Minister for Health - Dr Jona Senilagakali
Minister for Youth, Sports, Employment Opportunities and Productivity - Lekh Ram
Minister for Local Government, Urban Development and Public Utilities - Jone
Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations, Tourism and Environment - Bernadette
Minister for Education - Netani Sukanaivalu
Minister for Transport, Works and Energy - Manu Korovulavula
Minister for Commerce, Industry, Investment & Communications - Taito Waradi
Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Housing - Adi Laufitu Malani
Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources - Tevita Vuibau
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests - Jainend Kumar
21. Februar 2007, 18:50
Kam leider wieder nicht dazu, etwas in dieses Blog zu schreiben. Aber man
darf gespannt sein, was morgen der NLTB-Verwaltungsrat entscheidet. Denn
anscheinend haben sie eine Person oder Organisaiton gefunden, welchen das
mySAP-Projekt bei NLTB untersuchen sollen.
14. Februar 2007, 18:30
Es scheint, dass man wirklich Munition gegen PacificConnex sammelt. Hier der
Artikel aus der heutigen "Fiji
Sun". Ich bin gespannt, was da noch weiter kommt.
Landowners to pay firm’s bills
By Cheerieann Wilson
Landowners' money may be used to foot the bills of an information and
technology company that no longer supplies software to the Native Land Trust
Board. Pacific Connex, the exclusive distributor of the mySAP systems, had
acquired assets financed by Credit Corporation to the value of more than
$350,000. And the NLTB is obliged to pay the sum by January next year if
Pacific Connex fails to pay in time. Assets acquired by Pacific Connex
included nine four-wheel drives, four printers, 24 flat screen computers,
four service data centres, eight HP units, 13 desktop computers, cyber
driver CD writers, colour printers wireless network, modems, printers, fibre
channel, servers, a laser printer, ultra power supply, processors, and other
IT hardware. Documents acquired by the FijiSun show that the NLTB will pay
money owed to the Credit Corporation if Pacific Connex defaults on any
payments. The Credit Corporation 'Notice of Assignment' states that the NLTB
is obligated to pay if the agreement between itself and Pacific Connex is
terminated before the payment of the amount is due."This guarantee by the
NLTB shall be a continuing guarantee and shall be a principal obligation
between the NLTB and Credit Corp and shall be available as a guarantee for
the whole sum due and owing at that time by Pacific Connex to Credit Corp,"
the notice states. Ousted NLTB general manager Kalivati Bakani had signed a
Notice of Assignment by Credit Corporation therefore making the undertaking
that the NLTB will pay the monies due and payable in January next year.
The "Notice of Assignment' states that the NLTB is irrevocably
directed to pay all the payments that may be derived by Pacific Connex under
the agreement dated in March 2004 to Credit Corporation. In a letter dated
in August last year the Office of the Registrar of Companies reminded
Pacific Connex that its annual returns from 2001 to 2005 had not been
delivered.Pacific Connex was given 14 days to file the annual returns and
failure to do so would results in legal proceedings. Minister for Fijian
Affairs and NLTB board chairman Ratu Epeli Ganilau had announced that the
use of the software system had been suspended until investigations into the
NLTB were completed. Pacific Connex is an IT company owned by Tui
Consultants, which is owned by Ballu Khan and Vanua Development Corporation
the investment arm of the Native Land Trust Board.
13. Februar 2007, 18:00
Die Leute im öffentlichen Dienst müssen sich also den Gürtel enger schnallen.
5% wird per se der Lohn gekürzt. Natürlich stösst das nicht gerade auf Liebe,
viele Gewerkschaften liebäugeln mit einem Streik. Aber Chaudhry, der Interim-Finanzminister,
hat es ganz klar gesagt: angesichts der derzeitigen Situation müsse man eben
Entbehrungen auf sich nehmen.
Es bleibt zu hoffen, dass wirklich niemand streiken wird. Denn das wäre
wirklich sehr schädigend für die Wirtschaft dort. <er
12. Februar 2007, 19:30
Die Ueberschwemmungen im nördlichen Distrikt, der Insel Vanual Levua, haben
Verwüstungen in der Höhe von F$1 Million erreicht.
Jeder kann spenden!
Hier der Appell von Yusuf Roshan:
You may have heard that there has been a massive flood in Labasa area
earlier this week. While this time cost in terms of human lives is not as
high as that during Cyclone Ami, the flood destruction is equally
destructive, especially in rural areas closer to the sources of the major
rivers. To this day (8 February ), there has been no state relief - like
food or clothing - distributed to areas like Korotari, Vunimoli, etc, which
have been heavily affected by the floods.
After Cyclone Ami, a group of volunteers had established the 'Disaster
and Charity Fund'. This group, headed by civil servant Pradeep C. Lal, is
active in relief distribution; immediately after the floods, so far the
group assisted 27 families with relief. They, however, urgently require
assistance; their priority is books and stationery, though immediately and
for the next 7 days or so, food and clothing would also be desirable.
Given the massive publicity of abuse of relief materials and cash
during Cyclone Ami by some unions/groups, it is strongly recommended that
you channel any assistance you can provide through this group, which is
directly working with the victims. (To the best of my knowledge, the only
other body of unblemished record involved in relief work there now is the
Save the Children's Fund - through which you can channel your assistance as
Any assistance you can provide would be most appreciated by the
helpless victims You can courier your assistance in kind (again, preference
is for books/stationery (and non-perishable food items and clothing if these
can be delivered within 7 days) to them preferably by CDP Couriers or EMS
(marked to the attention of: Pradeep C Lal, Disaster and Charity Fund,
If you wish to donate cash that could be used to purchase items you
want them for distribution, you may deposit your donations to the Disaster
and Charity Fund account, Bank of Baroda, Labasa Branch, Acc No: 528586. For
transparency, if you deposit any fund, please let Dr Ganesh Chand (email@example.com)
know so that, as someone endorsing this group, he will keep the records
updated for future cross reference with their accounts (also, please send a
cc to Pradeep Lal - firstname.lastname@example.org) for his records too.
11. Februar 2007, gegen abend
Ein paar riesige Kreuzfahrtschiffe sind in Suva angekommen. Alle wurden
offiziell mit Musik begrüsst.
10. Februar 2007, 17:00
Google noch ein bisschen rum, um alte Berichte über den SAP-Deal bei NLTB zu
Hier zum Beispiel ein
Press-Release von NLTB selbst, veröffentlicht im April 2003:
NLTB ANNOUNCES I.T. CONTRACT
At its meeting on Friday 12th March, the Board of NLTB approved new
arrangements for its information technology management. It will use an
internationally-recognised software system, SAP.
The NLTB's IT needs will be supplied by PacificConnex (PCX), a joint
venture of its subsidiary company, Vanua Development Corporation (VDC). VDC
will hold a controlling interest in PacificConnex. Fortynine per cent of its
shares are to be held by TUI Management Services. This is the investment
company of Mr. Ballu Khan, a Fiji-born businessman, with wide international
experience in IT.
This comprehensive statement is issued to clear doubts and
misconceptions that may have arisen as a result of recent media coverage on
When the current Management of NLTB took office in 2002, one of the
biggest issues it faced after having settled into office was that of its
information system. Confidentiality, Security and Data Integrity were the
initial areas of concern. It quickly became apparent that the development of
a fully integrated IT system was to be the Way Forward.
The local firm of Software Factory Ltd. (SFL) was engaged to perform a
review of NLTB's system, and their preliminary findings were submitted on
8th July, 2003. SFL subsequently recommended an IT Roadmap for NLTB which
Once the specifications for the new system had been established, an
expression of interest to develop the IT Roadmap was advertised in the three
local dailies on 20th to 22nd January, 2004. This attracted 14 individuals
and companies, 4 of which were approved to submit proposals:
1. Information Technology Services
2. Software Factory Limited
3. DATEC (Fiji) Limited
4. Tui Consulting
At its meeting on 25th February 2004, the Board approved in principle
the bid by Tui Consulting, Mr. Ballu Khan's main operating company. The
Board has since also agreed to Mr. Khan assigning his tender obligations to
the PacificConnex joint venture. Details of this joint venture were
completed after agreement had been reached in principle on the IT tender by
Price was only one of the considerations in the tender evaluation
process. The primary consideration was to develop a fully integrated system.
This is of crucial importance as NLTB now looks after around 90% of all land
in Fiji, with a current porfolio of 32,000+ leases.
PacificConnex (PCX) Joint Venture
PCX is a major initiative by NLTB, through its wholly owned subsidiary
VDC to acquire greater indigenous Fijian involvement in Fiji's developing IT
industry. As well as handling the NLTB's requirements, it will be bidding
for additional IT work. Staff of the NLTB's IT division will be transferred
to PacificConnex which expects to become a major IT employer. Tui Consulting
will provide the company with technical knowledge and skills training. The
NLTB will maintain control of board information through its control interest
in PCX, by its subsidiary Vanua Development Corporation.
Price & Conditions of Approval
As earlier announced, the NLTB renegotiated the tender price which has
now been reduced from $1.8 million to $1.3 million per year. PCX will
provide this service for 12 years. NLTB has the option of withdrawing from
the arrangements if specific conditions are not met.
Our records show that since NLTB's original computerisation in 1975,
the cost of providing IT services has totalled $35,357,143, or an average of
$1,178,571 per year.
The cost of the new system to be introduced will therefore cost NLTB
an additional $121,429 per year on average. Our assessment is that the
benefits that will accrue to NLTB as a result of the upgrade will far
outweigh the additional $121,429 per year.
The SAP Solution
There is no doubt that we have negotiated the best solution for the
NLTB. One of the unsuccessful bidders, Software Factory Ltd., wrote to us
after being informed of the Board's decision saying "We congratulate you and
the Board for deciding to go with SAP. As you are now probably aware, SAP is
the number one enterprise-wide financial software solution in the world"
TUI Consulting specialises in implementing SAP. It has assisted many
international companies and organisations improve business opportunities
through effective use of SAP. It has won contracts in South East Asia, the
Pacific, the US, Canada and Europe.
SAP applications will be used by PacificConnex in its work for the
NLTB. It will allow us to fully integrate our land management data along
with our human resource and financial information systems. PacificConnex has
the sole rights for the use of the SAP system in Fiji.
Political Influence in the Tender Decision
The Board rejects totally suggestions that political influence has
been a factor in its decision. It is therefore mischievous and uncalled for
that political considerations were a factor.
The issue is obviously now being politicised by some people with a
particular agenda. This tender has no connection whatsoever with the SDL
Party or the Duavata Initiative Ltd.
It is insulting and disrespectful to suggest that His Excellency the
President, the Honourable Prime Minister and leading chiefs on the Board
representing the Fijian landowners, have not followed proper procedures or
acted in the best interests of the landowners and the Fijian people.
The commercial decisions the Board has taken will bring major benefits
to the landowners and all other stakeholders through more effective
information management. The Vanua Development Corporation and its first
joint venture in PacificConnex will be working to increase indigenous Fijian
participation in the economy. Mr. Ballu Khan is a respected and successful
entrepreneur from Fiji. His personal interest and assistance to education
and sports (rugby) in Fiji are there for all to see. We look forward to
working with him.
I am leaving at the weekend with Mr. Mojito Mua, the NLTB's Strategic
Change Manager, to study a project recently completed by TUI Consulting in
Tacoma in Washington State in the US. This US$50 million contract for the
Tacoma Municipal Council, was completed by TUI Consulting on time and on
budget. It will be a valuable opportunity for Mr. Mua and me to see how the
SAP system works. Tacoma is the location of TUI Consulting corporate
One media outlet has persistently tried to impute improper motives and
unethical practices to NLTB's Board and Management, when in fact there is
Schon damals habe ich mich gefragt, warum das IT-System für NLTB so viel
kosten soll. Man muss bedenken, dass NLTB damals nur etwa 150 Mitarbeiter hatte,
also maximal 150 PCs. F$1.3M (ca. CHF1 Million) pro Jahr auf 12 Jahre schienen
schon etwas happig.
Hier noch die
Ansprache des früheren, nun abgesetzten Premierministers Laisania Qarase zur
"Eröffnung" des neuen IT-Systems bei NLTB:
Hon. Qarase - Launching of NLTB's new Information System
May 17, 2004, 18:30
Hon. Laisenia Qarase
Prime Minister and Minister for Fijian Affairs, Culture & Heritage; Minister
for National Reconciliation & Unity; and Minister for ALTA & Sugar Industry
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Good evening everyone. Firstly, let me thank the organizers for their
willingness to defer this event from its original date because of the
disastrous floods, which struck in April.
Also, for seeking another postponement following the death of the late
Turaga na Tui Nayau, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. Your decisions showed
sensitivity to the nation’s loss in the passing of a great leader and
statesman, and to a disaster, which brought death, suffering and destruction
to many of our people.
I express special thanks to Mr Ballu Khan for his generous
contribution to the relief effort. My gratitude also to all our friends and
well-wishers, here and overseas, who have helped in so many different ways
to ease the crisis and help people in need.
We are moving well with our assistance programmes and if there is
anyone else who would like to make a financial contribution they are welcome
to send their donations to the Fiji Red Cross, or to the Prime Minister's
National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund.
Let me also say Ni sa Bula and welcome to our guests from abroad, Mr
Tim Cavill of SAP Australia and his associates, and, of course, Mr Auckland
Blues himself, Carlos Spencer! I’m sorry the Blues didn’t make the Super 12
semi-finals, despite its almighty last effort the other weekend.
But I know you’re enjoying a personal triumph of another kind, and
that’s the birth of your son, Payton Cruz. Congratulations to you and your
partner, Jodene, on that achievement! I have no doubt your appointment, as
corporate ambassador for PacificConnex, will attract much positive interest
in the company, its products and services.
I have a particular interest in this evening’s proceedings, not only
as Prime Minister, but also as Chair of the Native Land Trust Board, one of
Fiji's most important institutions.
Mr Bakani's appointment in 2002 heralded the start of an era at the
NLTB of change and efficiency. The mission he was given was to produce
maximum revenue for landowners, promote sound relationships with
stakeholders and bring benefits to the national economy. What we are marking
tonight is very much part of that.
The Vanua Development Corporation, as explained by Mr Dakuidreketi, is
an investment company, which will add to the returns of the landowners.
We expect it to follow Fijian Holdings and Yasana Holdings in building
a sound and varied portfolio of shareholdings.
One of the prime policies of my Government is to reshape the economy
so that wealth is distributed more evenly and people from all our
communities are given opportunities to improve their lives and free
themselves from poverty. The manifesto that brought us to office
specifically declared that Information and Communication Technology had huge
promise for Fiji and that our Government would be actively promoting this as
We are doing just that and, as a result, Fiji is seeing the emergence
of a very promising new sector of our economy.
ICT is not only producing jobs. It has applications right across the
business and commercial spectrum, in Government, in planning, public health,
education and so on.
We have adopted a focused ICT policy to attract investors in this
industry to our shores. Already there have been a number of significant IT
investments. And this evening we celebrate the latest of these.
PacificConnex Ltd is a strategically-significant combination with very
large potential. Its objectives, as we’ve heard, are to provide world-class
IT services and commercial solutions, desk-top infrastructure and
consulting. It will promote a knowledge-based economy in Fiji and help with
the implementation of the Fijian Blueprint initiatives.
The Government is making a special effort to narrow the economic
disparity between the Fijians and the rest of the population.
The Fijians in general struggle to get access to the wealth and
opportunities of the market economy. It is important for us to increase
their participation as we construct a stable, peaceful and just society.
We have heard from previous speakers about Vanua Development
Corporation, SAP and the NLTB's aptly named LALI, or Land and Lease
Information system. All of them will play a part in the effort to accelerate
the progress of the Fijians.
Mr Dakuidreketi has explained how earnings from the VDC will help the
NLTB to increase the amount it distributes to the Fijian landowners. Like
him, I am confident VDC will secure many sound and profitable investments.
Similarly, PacificConnex will help open the way for more Fijian
involvement in the IT revolution - and, at the same time, further supplement
the NLTB's revenue.
I'd like to dwell briefly on Mr Khan's role. He is a remarkably
successful hi-tech entrepreneur, hailing from the island of Nairai in
Lomaiviti. This local boy with business flair has done well for himself
overseas in the utilities industry and in the application of IT.
The company inaugurated tonight marks a new level of commitment to
Fiji by Mr Khan. We wish him well in this venture, and I think we can be
confident that the success he has earned elsewhere will be repeated in
I congratulate all those involved in the operations that have been
outlined to us, and now have much pleasure in launching the NLTB’s Land and
Lease Information System - LALI, and inaugurating Vanua Development
Corporation Ltd and PacificConnex Ltd.
10. Februar 2007, gegen 10:00
Jetzt ist es also passiert! Eine Untersuchung soll stattfinden bei Native
Land Trust Board betreffend IT. NLTB hat ja vor ein paar Jahren für eine Unsumme
SAP-Software gekauft. Man darf gespannt auf den Audit-Bericht hoffen. Das
Problem wird nur sein, dass halt das Geld bereits "verlocht" ist.
Hier noch die Meldung wie erschienen in der
Fiji Sun von
A searching inquiry is to take place into the operations of the Native
Land Trust Board. Its general manager and strategic change manager have been
sent on enforced and indefinite leave. Yesterday, the new board approved an
immediate audit into the institution's operations with particular reference
to a computer system purchased for $16million which has reportedly failed to
live up specifications.
The mySAP system was sold to the board and installed by Pacific Connex,
a company closely associated with self-proclaimed millionaire Ballu Khan. It
is the sole provider of computer solutions to the NLTB and is owned by the
Vanua Development Corporation Limited and a company owned by Mr Khan.
Board chairman and Minister for Fijian Affairs Ratu Epeli Ganilau said
it has been decided at yesterday's meeting that the matter about the
dissolution of VDCL had been deferred while “administrative processes are
put in place to determine how best the dismantling exercise for this
fully-owned company would be proceeded with”.
“The board has approved the detailed audit of the mySAP computer
system that has been operating in NLTB since December 2004 should proceed
with immediate effect,” he said. VDCL was incorporated in 2003 and began its
operations the year after. Yesterday’s extraordinary meeting of the NLTB
board at which ex officio member President Ratu Josefa Iloilo was present
arrived at several resolutions.
The board endorsed the actions taken by chairman and Minister for
Fijian Affairs in consultation with Ratu Iloilo for the enforced and
indefinite leave of general manager Kalivati Bakani and strategic change
manager Mojito Mua.
It decided that the audit of mySAP and the whole NLTB operation would
proceed as a matter of urgency and the outcome would be reported back to the
board in April. The board also endorsed the appointment of deputy general
manager corporate Joveci Tuinamuana as acting GM while Mr Bakani is on
leave. A full NLTB board meeting will be held on April 26 to finalise the
future of Mr Bakani and Mr Mua after the consideration of the audit reports.
Und hier noch ein Artikel aus der
Times von heute:
THE dissolution of the Native Land Trust Board's commercial arm was
part of the discussions at the "extraordinary" meeting of the board
Interim Minister for Fijian Affairs and NLTB chairman Ratu Epeli
Ganilau said the meeting was called with only two items on the agenda and
the proposed dissolution of the Vanua Development Corporation Limited was
one of them.
The dissolution has been deferred as necessary arrangements are taken
President Ratu Josefa Iloilo chaired the meeting in his capacity as an
ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of NLTB.
"It was decided at the meeting after consideration of the first item
that the matter about the dissolution of VDCL is to be deferred whilst
administrative processes are put in place to determine how best the
dismantling exercise for this fully owned company would be proceeded with,"
said Ratu Epeli.
"VDCL is the business arm of the NLTB which was incorporated on
18/12/03 and which began its operation from the beginning of 2004."
The second item on the meeting's agenda was the enforced definite
leave for the general manager Kalivati Bakani and strategic change manager
Mojito Mua and the special audit of the board's IT system my SAP which cost
The board has agreed to the sending on leave of Mr Bakani and Mr Mua
and that the audit on its IT system be conducted as early as possible in
order to have a report on it ready by April.
The board also endorsed the appointment of Joveci Tuinamuana as the
acting general manager of NLTB while Mr Bakani is on leave.
Hier noch der heutige Artikel von
Interim Fijian Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau has revealed that a
team will be appointed to investigate some of the operations of the Native
Lands Trust Board.
The NLTB board endorsed the audit of its operations including the
$16million IT system "mySAP" at a special meeting yesterday.
Ratu Epeli said complaints from landowners against NLTB services
should be a thing of the past after the audit.
"The landowners have complained far too long and I agree that
something is wrong with this organisation."
"If any organisation like NLTB has been receiving numerous complaints,
then there has to be reasons for these complaints."
Ratu Epeli said the auditing of the company’s IT system will ensure a
more reformed and efficient IT system of NLTB.
Natürlich darf der von der
Daily Post auch nicht fehlen:
JOBS are on the line for Native Land Trust Board (NLTB) General
Manager Kalivati Bakani and Strategic Change Manager Mojito Mua following a
special NLTB meeting today.
Acting General Manager Joveci Tuinamuana confirmed yesterday that the
meeting today will decide their fate and pave a way forward for NLTB.
He said the special audit of the IT system “my SAP” will also be
discussed. The system cost $16 million to set up and there are claims that
it failed to deliver the requirements of the organisation. He added the
chairperson of the executive board Ratu Josefa Iloilo will also be at the
"Seriously something has to be done about it and we are glad that the
auditing has come about."
He also said that the board will be looking at other services within
the NLTB which the public have complained about.
Ebenfalls der gestrige Artikel aus der Fiji Times:
Update: 5.20pm An audit is to be carried out as a matter of urgency
into the Native Land Trust Board's $16million computer system.
This follows a recommendation from a meeting of the NLTB this morning.
As well, general manager Kalivati Bakani and Strategic Change Manager
Mojito Mua will stay on enforced leave until at least April 26.
This is when the board will next meet and the fate of the two men's
careers is expected to be decided then.
A proposal to dissolve the NLTB's commercial arm, the Vanua
Development Corporation, has been put on hold while investigations are
carried out into the best way to dismantle it.
Another proposal to streamline the board's operations has also been
put on hold until the April meeting.
3. Februar 2007, morgens
zwar schon eine Weile her. Aber Leute in Fidschi haben mich gefragt, ob denn
wirklich in Schweizer Zeitungen über das Land berichtet würde. Hier also der
Beweis. Zwar ist der Zeitungsausschnitt vom 8. Januar 2007, aber "Heute"
ist die zweitgrösste (noch?) Gratiszeitung der Schweiz, erscheint wochentags
jeweils am Nachmittag.
Okay, hier mal was zu einem Gebiet auf welchem ich
mit meinem Alter, Bauch und Lebensgewohnheiten wirklich nicht mitreden sollte
Aber haben es doch heute das fidschianische Rugby
7s-Team geschafft, im Halbfinal Neuseeland mit 31:0 zu schlagen. Damit
werden sie im Final gegen England antreten.
In Fidschi war Rugby schon immer populär. Fussball
ist zwar auch noch okay, auch im Netball (nur Frauen) sind die Sportler/-innen
von Fidschi Klasse.
Aber das 7s-Rugby, bei welchem nur (!) sieben
Spieler gegen die gegnerische Mannschaft auf dem riesigen Spielfeld antreten,
ist doch das 'forte' der fidschianischen Sportler. Spieler wie Waisele Serevi
gehören seit über zehn Jahren zur Weltklasse.
Im deutschen Raum ist ja Rugby nicht sehr populär.
Deshalb kennt man ja wohl Vijay Singh, einen in Fidschi geborenen Golfer,
welcher immer noch unter Fidschi spielt. Er lebt ja zwar nicht mehr dort, aber
vielleicht wird er doch den versprochenen 18-Loch Golfplatz oberhalb der
Natadola Beach in der Nähe von Sigatoka bauen.
1. Februar 2007, nach 18.00
Mr. Qarase, der frühere PM, hat heute wieder mal gesprochen. Von seiner
Heimatinsel aus - auf die Hauptinsel kann er ja noch nicht.
Was die Forum Eminent Persons Group (Gruppe von wichtigen Personen) wirklich
ist, und wie viel eine solche auf die Verhältnisse hat, habe ich noch nicht in
Aber dass diese Gruppe ihn auf den Lau-Inseln besucht hat, zeigt doch, dass
Qarase noch immer als legitimer Regierungschef angesehen wird.
Da lese ich auch noch auf
Fijilive, dass eine Firma in
Neuseeland es als zu kostspielig erachtet, den Putsch vom Jahre 2000 aufzuklären.
Oilei, oilei, das müsste sich Fidschi vielleicht kosten lassen. Denn es gilt
ja nach wie vor, die Hintermänner/frauen zu eruieren.
Natürlich bleibt die Frage, wer das zahlen soll. Der Steuerzahler in Fidschi?
Oder eine ausländische Macht bzw. Entwicklungsbehörde?
Mal sehen, was da kommt