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Prime Minister Breaks Ground On $1 Million Complex

The complex will include a modern supermarket, six small retail shops and space for banking ATM facilities. The second phase includes a service station and all associated facilities, which will increase the commercial space to complete the final phase, which has been earmarked for tourism.
22 Oct 2019 13:55
Prime Minister Breaks Ground On $1 Million Complex
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with development owners, Parmesh and Renu Chand.

Residents of one of Ba’s fastest-growing rural areas, Nukuloa, will soon find employment in a new $1 million complex that broke ground yesterday.

The development belongs to Nasura Investment Pte Limited, which is owned by the former Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Parmesh Chand and his wife, Renu, a partner with KPMG.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said: “This project fits very nicely with my Government’s drive to create the infrastructure and the economic environment that will bring more opportunities to people in rural areas and to give people in rural communities’ access to facilities and services that are every bit as good as the facilities Fijians who live in cities enjoy.”

The groundbreaking is the first phase of three stages of development, with the first phase expected to be completed by February 2020.

The complex will include a modern supermarket, six small retail shops and space for banking ATM facilities.

The second phase includes a service station and all associated facilities, which will increase the commercial space to complete the final phase, which has been earmarked for tourism.

An impression of the $1 million complex.  Photos: Charles Chambers

An impression of the $1 million complex. Photos: Charles Chambers

Mr Bainimarama acknowledged the owners for their vision and emphasised the importance of landowners and entrepreneurs collaboration to ensure prosperity.

“If Fiji is to continue to prosper, we need people who see a need, have the vision to meet that need, and then act on that vision.

“We all have dreams. But without energy and action, and without people who are willing to take risks to do something really great, all those dreams mean very little.

“It is important to also recognise the role the landowners have played in providing the opportunity and environment for investment to be made in the project such as this.

Mr Bainimarama said the project could not have been done without the forward-thinking landowners of Vunadoi subdivision, particularly Toge Town Land, and the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB), who worked to make the land available on a long-term lease basis.

“The subject land is part of Vunadoi subdivision Lot 1 and falls under the landowning unit ‘Toge Town Land’.”

Mr Bainimarama said such development attracts tourists to Fiji to spend their time and money.

“I am pleased that Nasura Investments is working with tour operators and hoteliers in Nadi area to bring that about.

“Government’s work is not done here. This area is growing and the Government is growing with it. Fiji Roads Authority plans to provide street lighting, and the adding of the Nukuloa Technical College, which is now fully accredited and falls under the supervision and oversight of the Fiji National University.”

Mr Bainimarama thanked the landowners and TLTB for their approval in making such land available on a long-term lease basis.
Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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