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Electricity Bill submitted to Parliament

The Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights submitted its report on the Electricity Bill 2017 in Parliament yesterday. Committee deputy chairperson Mataiasi Niumataiwalu said electricity had become a
22 Mar 2017 11:00
Electricity Bill submitted to Parliament

The Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights submitted its report on the Electricity Bill 2017 in Parliament yesterday.

Committee deputy chairperson Mataiasi Niumataiwalu said electricity had become a need in the modern, domestic and commercial world.

The Bill was referred to Committee for review and scrutiny.

He added there were limitations and challenges to the generation of electricity even though it was critical in connecting every home and business.

The authority, Mr Niumataiwalu said, was the sole state-owned entity responsible for managing electricity in Fiji.

However, he said the monopolistic system of managing the industry though effective lacked certain development traits.

Mr Niumataiwalu said the Government through the Ministry of Public Enterprises intended to carry out divestment of FEA to corporatise it and create a company.

He said it ensured that development on all areas of the electricity industry could occur.

Mr Niumataiwalu this has led to the introduction of the Electricity Bill 2017.

The Bill, he said was a legislation introduced by Government that would introduce an independent regulatory authority.

It will be debated and voted upon in a later Parliament sitting.

A copy of the report can be viewed on the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji website.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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