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Assistance: $0.5m New Logistic Yard Commissioned

The Commissioner Western’s office will now be able to apply the logistic systems and properly produce acquittal reports to donors during and after natural disasters. This was after the Assistant
05 Mar 2018 10:44
Assistance:  $0.5m New Logistic Yard Commissioned
Jonathan Rowe, the counsellor development from the New Zealand High Commission in Fiji (left) and Assistant Minister for Rural Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Meteorological Service Joeli Cawaki, commissioning the new warehouse for the Commissioner Western’s Office in Lautoka on March 2, 2018. Photo: Karalaini Tav

The Commissioner Western’s office will now be able to apply the logistic systems and properly produce acquittal reports to donors during and after natural disasters.

This was after the Assistant Minister for Rural Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Meteorological Service Joeli Cawaki commissioned the newly refurbished government logistic yard in Lautoka on Friday.

A grant of over $0.5million was donated by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to get the first phase of works in place.

This includes the repair renovation and upgrading of the existing building structure,  new warehouse, repair and refurbishment of the office line, a container yard and the new guard room.

Mr Cawaki said this would ensure that the storage of items was done in a systematic way and relief items were properly accounted for. He also thanked the New Zealand High Commission and the NZ government for funding the project.

“After TC Evans in 2015 it was pointed out there was an urgent need to fix the old warehouse and offices because they were all in a pathetic state and continue to deteriorate with time,” Mr Cawaki said.

“And it was not producing the quality delivery of logistic services that we would like to have. Today marks a milestone in our ministry and the Government as a whole because we will commission another service delivery platform.

“The systematic storage of different classes of stores and relief items will be properly accounted for and providing a feedback back to our donors will no longer be a problem.

“Also I wish to acknowledge the assistance from the Government of New Zealand in funding the logistic yard, the assistance and support that it has given today will ensure that the delivery of logistic services to the public is effective.”

Mr Cawaki said this was a testimony of New Zealand’s support of the numerous   forms of assistance rendered in the past, especially equipment.

“For us to be prepared and be able to respond effectively and efficiently during distress and in the event of any disasters,” he added.

“This new platform will ensure that our affected public will receive items in a good state and also in a timely manner.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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