The Fiji Times is reporting that two executives of the Fiji Islands Trade and Investment Bureau, including the chief executive of the trade organisation, have been sent on leave.
CEO Annie Rogers and general manager Tupou Raturaga "have taken one week leave" as of yesterday to allow for a quick audit of FTIB's financial and various other systems.
The paper says the head of the Industry and Trade Ministry, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, confirmed the leave on Friday, saying there were various audit queries taking place within the FTIB and this needed to be cleared out accordingly.
"They are audit queries. They pertain to financial matters and various systems and processes that have been in place and this is essentially to clear that up. It is something that obviously has needed addressing."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said officials from the Auditor-General's office and the Ministry of Finance would conduct the audit within a week.
"We expect the report to be handed in by the 27th of June. The are some anomalies regarding processes and systems which need to be cleared."
The Fiji Times says several attempts to obtain comments from Mrs Rogers and Mrs Raturaga yesterday proved futile but they were expected to resume work on June 28.
It says the newly-appointed FTIB chairman Adrian Sofield, who was appointed on June 10, is the executive chairman.-Fiji Times
POSER: Is this the same Adrian Sofield who was struck off by the Fiji Institute of Architects for trying to bribe the Mayor of Suva back in the nineties?