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Taveuni Doing Well Economically

Taveuni has a positive economic outlook in 2015 and beyond, says Taveuni district officer Kalivati Rabuka. He made the comment during a presentation before the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport,
25 Apr 2015 11:05

Taveuni has a positive economic outlook in 2015 and beyond, says Taveuni district officer Kalivati Rabuka.

He made the comment during a presentation before the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Pio Tikoduadua, who visited Government projects taking place in the Northern Division.

Mr Rabuka told the Minister: “Our economy continues to grow and people continue to gain employment due to growth in the tourism sectors.

“Our emphasis is on income generating projects for the rural communities.

“Our main emphasis is on continued dialogue and co-operation between all departments and districts. This is to foster an environment that is focused on development for all stakeholders.”

The economic drivers at the ‘Garden Island’ are agriculture and tourism.

In agriculture, Mr Rabuka said they were concentrating on primary crops like yaqona, dalo, copra and coconut products.

Dalo alone generates an average of $20 million annually.

Tourism on the island employs approximately 1000 people and is one of the strongest sectors which have grown over time, Mr Rabuka said.

 

Hydro project

Meanwhile, the Somosomo Hydro Dam project is at 60 per cent of its completion stage.

The proposed completion period for the civil works is set for October but this would depend on the weather.

“My office and the authority representatives will do a community outreach one month prior to the Hydroelectric Power Plant operation for all who will receive the 24hour electricity service,” Mr Rabuka said.

“Upon completion, it will provide 24 hour electricity that will provide exponential growth opportunities for businesses while providing a good quality of life improvement for residents.”

 




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