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‘Progress Not Only About Facilities’

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya said development was not only about the best and modern facilities but creating the opportunities for people to prosper.
04 Mar 2017 11:00
‘Progress Not Only About Facilities’
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya at the launch of 2014 International Visitor Survey report at the Civic Towers in Suva yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya said development was not only about the best and modern facilities but creating the opportunities for people to prosper.

“We want you to tell us what your needs are, how we can provide the enabling and conducive environment for you to prosper,” Mr Koya said.

“Our efforts have resulted in strong economic growth.

“Never before have we experienced seven consecutive years of positive economic growth.”

Mr Koya said it was about getting the fundamental rights, about creating the opportunities that would allow people to prosper and in turn for the nation to prosper.

Mr Koya was speaking during his visit to Vanua Levu this week.

“That is why, Government has invested significantly in the development of roads, reforming the ports, ensuring that education is free, facilitating increased trade and investment and guaranteeing that all Fijians are given equal rights and opportunities, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or economic status,” Mr Koya said.

He said despite the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston the nation still maintained positive growth.

“This has been possible due to the pro-growth and robust policies of the Government,” he said.

“I wish to reiterate our Prime Minister’s call for action to reduce the impact of global warming and the rising sea levels.

“We as small island states are vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

“Therefore, we have to ensure that we do right by our present generation and for our future generations.

“The Fijian Government believes moving forward together as a team and leaving no one behind.

“By listening to the people and then acting decisively and thoughtfully, we can ensure that our policies match the needs of the nation.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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