“The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources continues to execute innovative strategies for of ease doing business and improve customer services”, said the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Mr Jone Usamate.
The Ministry this morning launched its first ever Online ‘MyLeaseInfo’ Service.
“Given the current COVID-19 situation, the Online ‘MyLeaseInfo’ service couldn’t come at a better time” said Minister Usamate.
Since there is an ever increasing number of Fijians using online platforms as part of their daily lives, this development has been further accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic where social distancing has limited us from accessing services physically.
“Moreover, online platforms are now the key enablers of business. They increase consumer choice and convenience and improve efficiency, and I trust that the Online ‘MyLeaseInfo’ service will provide such an opportunity,” he said.
This will contribute to Government initiative of ‘ease of doing business’ which will in turn lead to more economic activity and recovery.
With approximately 3% of Land in Fiji being State Land, the Lands Department has over 18,000 lessees spread through Fiji and is responsible for the leasing of State Land. This includes processing of the lease applications, issuing leases and monitoring the conditions of leases to ensure lease conditions are maintained.
These administration of leases and land dealings is an important revenue earner for the State.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, most lessees are finding it challenging to access services that are provided at the various offices within the Lands Department.
Therefore, the Department like many agencies and organizations in Fiji have ventured into the innovative use of technology to better reach and serve its’ lessees.
This online service will require lessees to visit the Lands Department website and register in order to receive their username and password to be able to view their lease information.
Once lessees are registered, they will be able to view the following information:
• Lease Details - Lessees will be able to get the latest information on their leases;
• The Last Eight Financial Transactions for their Leases - This will allow for better monitoring of their transactions while referencing their receipts;
• View and Print Lease Statement Invoice - Instead of waiting for their statement through postal agencies/boxes, lessees can easily access and download their statements; and
• Track the Progress of their Consent Applications - Lessees will have the option to view and track the progress of their consent application from their home instead of physically visit the office of Lands Department to check on the progress of their consent applications.
The ministry invites all its lessees to make full use of this online service.