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Celebrate Look North success

MAIKA BOLATIKI Deputy Editor/News As we enjoy Fiji Day, there are many reasons to celebrate the good work of the Bainimarama Government. One is the Look North Policy boosting economic
10 Oct 2012 08:04

MAIKA BOLATIKI
Deputy Editor/News

As we enjoy Fiji Day, there are many reasons to celebrate the good work of the Bainimarama Government. One is the Look North Policy boosting economic activities in the Northern Division.
You have to visit Vanua Levu to witness its positive impacts. Yesterday we highlighted the road building work of Republic of the Fiji Military Forces engineers. Today we highlight comments by the Bua Provincial Council chairman, Alipate Radrodro. He said the policy had opened up developments which would boost economic activity in the province. The policy is not only creating more business opportunities but also creating more employment.
The opening of Nawailevu – Fiji’s first bauxite mine – is part of the Bainimarama Government’s Look North Policy. Development of the mining sector will create immediate business and employment opportunities; improve Fijians’ living standards; reduce poverty; and attract economic attention to the region.
The people of Nawailevu and Bua overall have benefitted from the bauxite mining.
From the total work force, 99 per cent are from Bua, and now villages have been advised to plant more root crops and vegetables to supply food for the workers. For those villages along the sea shore they are asked to supply fish and other sea resources to the bauxite company.
Already, the company had paid out money to the land owning units. All the developments in the North will provide a platform for socio-economic development.
Labour Minister Jone Usamate in his capacity as acting Minister for Local Government and Minister for Labour, said that “the results of the ambitious Look North Policy are already apparent.
“The upgrading and sealing of both national and municipal roads speak volumes.
“Upgrading and sealing of the road between Nagigi Village and Buca Bay, for example, will pave the way for greater trading opportunities for people living in remote areas of Cakaudrove.
“The bauxite mining in Wailevu, Bua, the recent opening, operation and shipments from the Wairiki Chip Mill and the announcement to commence the Dreketi/Nabouwalu Highway also this year will provide major impacts for the social and economic development not only in Bua, but also for Vanua Levu as a whole.”
Yes, there are many reasons to celebrate today. What is happening in our North is definitely one.




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