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Vuniwaqa Launches First REACH Bus

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa yesterday launched Fiji’s first mobile office bus called REACH. REACH stands for Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion for the Rural and Urban
16 Dec 2016 11:00
Vuniwaqa Launches First REACH Bus
Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa (from left), Minister for Health Rosy Akbar with Japanese Ambassaor to Fiji Takuji Hanatani while lauching the Project Reach bus in Suva yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa yesterday launched Fiji’s first mobile office bus called REACH.

REACH stands for Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion for the Rural and Urban Fijian Projects, which is linked to Sustainable Development Goals through the empowerment of women and girls.

Ms Vuniwaqa said the idea of the REACH bus was the ‘brainchild’ of the former Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar.

Ms Vuniwaqa said: “This is the first of the three buses or more like mobile offices for the effective execution of the REACH project.

“The vision is in line with the Fiji First Government’s ethos of being inclusive, visible and accessible in service delivery.”

Ms Vuniwaqa thanked the government of Japan for providing funding to secure the buses for this project and also confirmed that the other two buses were in its construction stages.

The REACH buse are a Fijian made product, which was constructed by PA Lal Coachwork Ltd.

During the launch it was highlighted that the REACH buses are the first locally manufactured bus to be locally fitted with a custom designed lift for loading handicapped passengers on board.

Ms Vuniwaqa said: “The REACH buses have a solar system with energy stored in a deep cycle battery with solar panels that have been installed on the roof to assist the team with operating laptops, computers, lights, projectors and internet connectivity.”

Ms Vuniwaqa’s message to those officers who will be facilitating these mobile services is: “It’s not about what the equipment does, it’s about what you can do through the equipment.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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