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What Parties Say About Policies on Infrastructure

A country’s infrastracture is often a clear indicator of how well the country is doing economically. It is also a direct contributor towards economic activity. Therefore, it is not a
01 Sep 2014 07:30
What Parties Say About Policies on Infrastructure
Guard commander Sgt. Venina Naitogotogo (left) with her team of RFMF personnel during the State House Change of Guard ceremony on November 30, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A country’s infrastracture is often a clear indicator of how well the country is doing economically. It is also a direct contributor towards economic activity.

Therefore, it is not a surprise that all political parties vying for votes on September 17 have a strong focus on what they think can better Fiji’s infrastructure.

We bring to you what they think would further drive economic activity in Fiji.

SODELPA

The Social Democratic Liberal Party claimed that the state of our roads and small airport had deteriorated to what they said reflected the lack of care and focus by the Bainimarama government during the last seven- and-a- half years.

They claimed that with the exception of the last two years the budgetary allocations for new roads, repairs and maintenance had been inadequate and the national road network, including bridges have been in a very poor condition.

The party also claimed that roads and small airports in the outer islands had been neglected and in poor condition due to lack of improvement and maintenance.

Their focus would be on:

n Audit and review the operations of the Fiji Roads Authority.

n Audit and review the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji and Airports Fiji Limited.

n Audit and review of operations of Fiji Airways and Fiji Link.

n Provide adequate funding for roads and airports.

n Provide incentives for the private sector to provide road and air transport services.

n Provide legislation to ensure high standards of safety for road and air transport.

n Ensure that all citizens have access to national road networks.

n Ensure provision of proper transport facilities for disabled travelers.

n Review the unpopular e-ticketing system with a view to removing it.

FijiFirst

The FijiFirst party leader and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while delivering the 2014 budget last year said that his government could not delay lifting the infrastructural developments to modern standards.

“We cannot effectively reach our potential—in business, in education, in health, in government, or in any sector—without making a constant investment in our infrastructure,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“We cannot effectively reach our potential—in business, in education, in health, in government, or in any sector—without making a constant investment in our infrastructure.”

“Last year, we made a major national commitment to improve the nation’s roads. Now, we are seeing new results every day. But we know that we cannot repair and renew in one year a highway and road system that was allowed to deteriorate over decades,” he said.

FLP

The Fiji Labour Party in their manifesto claimed that Fiji’s roads and bridges had been in an appalling state of disrepair despite the $1billion earmarked for road works since last year and the introduction of a road levy in 2010.

They claimed there was also no accountability for the annual road levy which was supposed to rake in what they estimated was $12 million a year. The party also claimed there had not also been an indication as how the $1billion allocation of the Fiji Roads Authority was being spent and whether the money had been made available.

NFP

The National Federation Party believes that consistent investment in infrastructure was critical in generating economic gravity and job creation.

Therefore, they said they would create a policy framework to allow for long term planning of the country’s infrastructural needs and this framework would include identifying and prioritizing nationally important infrastructure.

They said they would also facilitate private and public partnership in long term planning, funding and building first class infrastructure to promote long term economic growth.

FUFP

The Fiji United Freedom Party leader Nayagodamu Korovou said the party was committed to carrying out infrastructural developments should they get into government after the elections.

This, he said they would channel it smartly to get more return because he said infrastructure developments were only carried out if there was a lot of economic growth.

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