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Printing and publishing in Fiji is a minor industry due to a variety of factors including the fact that it services a population of less than a million people and has to import expensive machinery from abroad. This has resulted in a small market where small Fijian firms struggle to compete with large English-language publishing houses. Government owned publishing companies have also provided competition within this industry. The government aims to privatise the Government Printing and Stationary Department (GPSD). International publishers operate in the country, such as Wiley-Blackwell, along with domestic publishing firms Max Marketing and Printing, and Quality Print Ltd.
English is the official language spoken in Fiji, with Fijian and Hindi also being taught in schools. You can normally tell which province each person comes from depending on their dialect. Most of the population speak a Fiji-Hindi dialect. According to UNESCO (2000-2004), the adult literacy rate is 93% and 99% for the youth literacy rate. No international book fairs are held in Fiji, although the International School Suva has hosted a Book Fair as one of the events to celebrate the school’s Library Week which was exploring the theme: ‘Reading Unlocks the Future’.
There are three universities in the country, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji National University and The University of Fiji therefore creating a market for educational publishers.
The print industry has seen a growth in its use of informational technology as old printing processes are being replaced by new technologies such as CTP (computer-to-plate). Logical Systems has established itself in Fiji as the main contender for pre-press solutions of the high-tech printing industry. Ali’s Printing Press and Bluebird Printery Ltd. have also established themselves as some of Fiji’s printing presses and specialises in a large variety of solutions and printing formats.
Fiji has two main newspaper publishers, The Fiji Times and Fiji Daily Post, and also publishes a monthly community newspaper, The Jet which is written in English. The Jet’s online newspaper is updated daily and also has a section entitled Hindu Press International, which is a daily news summary supplied by magazine, Hinduism Today.
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