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Reforms Expanded

Government has expanded its reforms into new areas. Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama said this while speaking to the Fijian community in London during the weekend. “Two of the most important
02 Dec 2014 09:16
Reforms Expanded
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama speaking to Fijians in London. Photo: PM’s Office

Government has expanded its reforms into new areas.

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama said this while speaking to the Fijian community in London during the weekend.

“Two of the most important of these are, first, a major investment to hire the technical staff which the Government needs to deliver better services to the Fijian people across a broad front: more teachers, more doctors, more nurses, more allied health workers, more policemen, more correctional officers,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“And, second, a major overhaul of the civil service to make it more efficient and responsive, with the assistance and co-operation of our development partners.”

Government, he said, for the first time had provided $10 million for the development of iTaukei land with provision of electricity, water and roads to allow for sub-divisions and other developments.

This, he said, would allow landowners to reap commercial benefits directly from this valuable asset, become true landlords and empower them directly to contribute to national development.

Government, he said, was committed to providing the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) with the resources it needed to continue its programme to arrest deterioration and restore Fiji’s roads, bridges and jetties to an acceptable standard.

“Government’s allocation in 2015 will allow the FRA to honour its current commitments and launch new projects around the country.”

Apart from the Government’s expenditure in infrastructure, which includes roads, bridges, jetties, new hospitals, and water and rural electrification, there is an enormous amount of construction work in the private sector like the building of new homes, factories, and commercial buildings.

Government has two other major projects on the way, which includes a $100 million refurbishment of Nadi International Airport and the $200 million Momi Integrated Tourism Development Project.

On education, he said, in 2015, they would extend Government’s free tuition programme to accredited pre-schools.

They will devote more resources to curriculum development, and establish a number of dedicated technical schools to supplement its existing technical colleges and universities.

“We will also recruit 142 new primary school teachers and 206 new secondary school teachers to improve the student to teacher ratio in the schools.”

For health in 2015, he said, 150 new doctors, 200 new nurses and 91 other health workers like lab technicians and pharmacists would be recruited. “We will build new hospitals and renovate existing ones, invest in new equipment and laboratories, develop the means to treat the most serious health problems here in Fiji.”

He said Government had increased capital grants to the Water Authority of Fiji to ensure that Fijians had access to clean water and sanitation.

He said for electricity, they had allocated a significant amount of funding to deliver power to homes in sparsely populated, remote areas of the country. The 2015 Budget he concludes builds on Government’s previous reforms and continues its tradition of service delivery.

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