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$2m New Building For The Tourism, Employer Bodies

The membership for both Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation and the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association has seen a significant growth over the past three to four years. In light
20 Sep 2014 13:40
$2m New Building For The Tourism, Employer Bodies

The membership for both Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation and the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association has seen a significant growth over the past three to four years.

In light of this, the construction of a new building for the two bodies, who have been sharing the same office space since 1992 at 42 Gorrie Street in Suva will bring added advantage for its members.

The organisations were based in an old single-storey wooden building which has now been dismantled to make room for the new building.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction took place this week with works expected to finish by next year.

FCEF chief executive, Nesbitt Hazelman, said: “This building serves to signify our uniqueness and the importance we play towards shaping policy and growing the Fijian economy.

“My members will have additional space that they could use and a state-of-the-art board room,” he said.

“There will also be hot-desking facilities for members who are in Suva and need space to carry out their business.”

Mr Hazelman said employers can be proud of the achievement of their federation.

“The new building will be based around the green building concept were we plan to harness energy and water resources,” he said.

Mr Hazelman said the growth recorded by both the organisations was a result of reaching out to the micro and the SME sector.

Contractors

The contract for construction has been given to Jenns Construction.

Mr Hazelman said the company was chosen after a competitive tender process in which five reputable contractors where short listed.

“They are reputable builders whose work includes W&G in Wailada, Garden City Project, Tappoo Group multi-storey apartment block in Berry Road,” he said.

Significance

Mr Hazelman said the investment, above all, would mean they have a strong commitment to Fiji and its economy.

“It will also solidify both the organisation’s position as the single most voice for businesses in Fiji from large multinational organisation, state-owned enterprises to the micro and small business operators ,” he said.

“It will also confirms our status as the most representative group of employers in Fiji by both the Fijian Government and International agencies.”

More efficiency

Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association president, Dixon Seeto, said the new building would be purpose built and would make working are efficient.

“Previously it was just an old house and you try to adapt to the house to your work environment which just doesn’t work. Also the old house was leaking not a good environment to work in.

“The building needed a lot of repairs in terms of running costs which was very high for the maintenance bill.”

Mr Seeto said above all, it strengthens the connections between two of the largest industry bodies in this country and makes them a more effective lobbying group.

“We represent the employers, investors and some of the main business organisations in Fiji,” he said.

“When we put the two together, we have a big pool of talent, big pool of resources and much greater capability and capacity.”

Funding

Bank South Pacific has been selected as the financier.

Mr Seeto said BSP was selected after a tender process from all the major banks as all the banks are members of the FCEF.

“Apart from anything, we needed to give our members a chance and basically all the bank members were given a chance to tender,” he said.

“We went through a very detailed analysis with the help of our architects people and experts to get the best deal.”

 



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