II. INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
D. Institutions dealing with waste and pollution management
The Fiji Trade and Investment Board (FTIB) is a statutory body which comes under the Ministry of Trade and Commerce. It was intended to be a "one-stop" service to expedite investment approvals; however, that objective has never been achieved. FTIB comprises appointed representatives of industry, labour, and government (the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Trade and Public Enterprises). An interministerial committee, chaired by the Minister of Commerce, Industry, Trade and Public Enterprises makes the decisions on project approval; however, departmental approvals are also still required. There is no representation of environmental interests, either government or NGOs. A standard project appraisal information form that must be completed for all projects. Apart from a requirement to indicate the method of effluent disposal, there are no specific requirements to indicate the potential environmental impacts of proposals. EIAs are only undertaken on a voluntary basis. Further, there is no established mechanism for the consideration of environmental assessments in proposed projects. It is very seldom that FTIB refers to the Department of the Environment a major project that it considers requires some environmental advice.