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Lautoka Chamber reflects on fruitful year

December 31
09:33 2013


The Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) says it has had a fruitful year despite being hit by natural disasters which figuratively brought Lautoka down to its knees.
Administrator Salim Mohammed said apart from the fact that a number of natural disasters had hit the Western Division at large resulting in losses being suffered by businesses, Lautoka has recovered immensely.
“Lautoka had been brought down on their knees, but with the help from the Government and the Lautoka City Council, we managed to get back on track,” Mr Mohammed said.
“After Cyclone Evan in December 2012, a number of businesses in Lautoka had opened and infrastructure developments had also picked up the pace.”
The recent opening of the Challenge Plaza, The Lounge, RC Manubhai and Food Plaza has been dubbed as a business confidence-builder in Lautoka.
He said the National Budget announcement had built even more confidence in doing business.
And whilst business confidence has been rising for the sugar city, three major projects are set to take shape in 2014.
“There are three major projects that will take shape in Lautoka which are the TappooCity, Diesel Refinery Fiji Limited and P Meghji Hotels which has already been proposed,” he said.
“Not only these projects will add to the economy of Fiji, but creating jobs and adding pristine to Lautoka’s businesshouses.
“These projects are worth millions hence giving more opportunities for other businesses in Lautoka for growth.
“Not only do these projects give a boost, but competition increases benefiting the consumers,’’  Mr Mohammed said.
The chamber also wishes to attract tourists from Nadi, with plans in the pipeline to erect a cultural centre in Lautoka.
Curbing crime
Theft and burglary is another major factor leading to losses suffered by businesses in Lautoka.
In combating this, the chamber with the help of businesshouses have set up a Crime Prevention Committee partnering with the Police.
Mr Mohammed has thanked the support of Singh’s Rental in providing four vehicles for patrolling come the New Year.

An artist’s impression of the TappooCity Lautoka shopping complex. This is one of the major projects that is giving Lautoka a boost as the project takes off and is set to be completed by mid- 2015.

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