Fiji’s Home Affairs Minister, Pio Tikoduadua, says he’s interested in re-establishing the country’s own dedicated intelligence service to help fight trans-national criminal organisations.

Tikoduadua said Fiji should have its own intelligence service to compliment foreign assistance provided by its security partners.

Fiji has long been used as a transhipment point for the movement of illicit drugs to Australia and New Zealand. In recent years it’s also become a market for methamphetamine.

Pacific security researcher at the Australia Naitonal University, José Sousa-Santos, said Fiji’s small population and compromised police force will make it difficult to find qualified intelligence agents.