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Calls For Sector To Drive Infrastructure Development

Kolitagane highlighted the critical need for improved infrastructure planning Delegates from the region at­tending the ‘Green Infrastruc­ture, Poverty Eradication and Building, Repairing and Maintenance and Housing’ Symposium were today urged
26 Jun 2018 13:56
Calls For Sector To Drive Infrastructure Development
Permanent secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, David Kolitagane

Kolitagane highlighted the critical need for improved infrastructure planning

Delegates from the region at­tending the ‘Green Infrastruc­ture, Poverty Eradication and Building, Repairing and Maintenance and Housing’ Symposium were today urged to explore ways to allow for the private sector to drive infrastructure development in small island states such as Fiji and the pacific islands.

This was highlighted by the perma­nent secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, David Kolitagane as he opened Symposium in Nadi.

In addressing participants, Mr Kolita­gane highlighted the critical need for improved infrastructure planning, bet­ter implementation and available fund­ing for infrastructure development.

He said that there is a need to close the infrastructure gap given the in­creasing demand due to population and urban migration increase.

“According to a recent global report on infrastructure gap by the World Bank, global population is expected to increase by 25 per cent in 2040 which is an additional of 2 billion people on planet earth”, said Mr Kolitagane.

“The report further states that urban migration is expected to increase by 45 per cent and a forecasted funding of 94 trillion is needed to finance the infra­structure demand with 2 trillion of the Oceania region.

Mr Kolitagane said Government’s commitment to Fiji’s infrastructure development is reflected in the in­creased budget dedicated to the road, water and energy sector.

“In the past 10 years (2007-2017/18), budget allocated to the road sector has increased by 8 folds (800 per cent), en­ergy by 7 folds (700 per cent) and water by 2 folds (200 per cent).”

Source: DEPTFO News

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