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Special Consultative Forum Held

A special two-day local Government consultative forum, focusing on local government issues, had begun yesterday at the Hexagon Hotel in Nadi. The forum was officially opened by the Minister for
20 Aug 2015 13:15
Special Consultative Forum Held
Special administrators, chief executive officers, lands department and ministry officials with Minister for Local Government Parveen Kumar (seated sixth from left). Photo: Sheetal Prasad

A special two-day local Government consultative forum, focusing on local government issues, had begun yesterday at the Hexagon Hotel in Nadi.

The forum was officially opened by the Minister for Local Government Parveen Kumar and is being attended by special administrators, chief executive officers and Lands Department and ministry officials.

Mr Kumar said the different presentations and ensuring deliberation would give an indication of where we were when dealing with such issues.

“It’s an opportunity to identify the challenges we all face in delivering our various services. It is also an opportunity to assess our strengths.

“These deliberations will cover a number of issues that have a direct bearing on our day-to-day work in improving the lives of our people.”

He said the challenges are part of the process of providing solutions in our various areas of operations.

“The FijiFirst Government has put in place plans to improve the living standards of all Fijians. We have delivered on promised projects.

“Our communities know that if they encounter any problems, their first point of call should be local government.

“We still have the challenge of fully accessing and exploiting our strength in the area of service delivery.”

The Minister said there was an urgent need for the councils to explore further opportunities for public-private partnership.

He also added that the municipality resource sharing needed to be strengthened.

“I urge you, to actively work together in exchanging information, knowledge and resources not only in a human capacity but also on municipalities’ process improvement initiatives.”

Mr Kumar said the local community must know what was happening at the council level and  therefore communication with the public was important.

“We need to continue creating an enabling environment for local government to improve service delivery functioning in a highly professional manner.

“We need to ensure that people, particularly women and the youth, become catalysts of our democracy, by informing, educating and mobilising them to take a meaningful part in the affairs of local government.”

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