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Work To Churn Economy The Ministry Urges Bus Operators

The new Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, Parveen Bala has urged bus operators to work with Government to ensure the sector strives to help churn the economy. Reserve Bank of
17 May 2015 10:28
Work To Churn Economy The Ministry Urges Bus Operators
The Fiji Bus Operators Association members and stakeholders at the 2015 FBOA Annual Convention yesterday. Photo Credits: GREGORY RAVOI, REPUBLIKA MAGAZINE

The new Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, Parveen Bala has urged bus operators to work with Government to ensure the sector strives to help churn the economy.

Reserve Bank of Fiji statistics shows that the transport industry contributed 0.31 per cent of this yera’s projected economic growth of 4.3 per cent.

Speaking on behalf of Mr Bala, Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure & Transport Francis Kean delivered these comments during the Fiji Bus Operators Association’s annual convention. It was held at Novotel Suva Lami Bay Hotel.

On the minister’s behalf, Mr Kean vowed: “We are committed to continue to work with you as bus operators to improve the sector and the infrastructure on which you depend.

“And we are also committed to growing our economy and to continue the high rate of growth of 4 per cent or more a year which has been seen in recent times which has benefitted bus operators and everyone else.

“I want to urge you all to work with the Government and continue to improve this sector.”

“Support me as your minister as I continue Pio Tikoduadua’s legacy for the benefit of you all and every Fijian who relies on you.

“The bus operators of Fiji have cause to be more confident about the future of the industry than any other time in our history.”

In response, newly-elected President Parmod Chand said they will ensure delivery of quality service to Fiji’s majority by continuing investment for better buses.

The Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority in its presentation noted 10 new buses to be imported by month end.

There are 50 bus companies around the country registered in the association. In total there are 64 bus companies.

Some highlights

– The Fiji Roads Authority is looking to dedicating a bus lane seeing that the bus industry delivers majority of Fiji’s population. When asked how the association felt about this, outgoing president Virendra Kewal said it welcomed any initiative by Government that would ease their services.

– The Fiji Roads Authority urged bus operators to encourage their drivers to stop at dedicated bus stops as it would help ease traffic. Mr Kewal said bus stops at times did not have proper facility to cater for the buses and called the FRA to look into this.

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