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Government Charging Ahead With 3000 Affordable Home Units

Government is charging ahead with plans to partner with international developers to provide affordable unit-based housing. Some 3000 units are expected to be built, easing the demand for affordable housing.
07 Dec 2019 11:39
Government Charging Ahead With 3000 Affordable Home Units
From left: Legal Aid Commission Lawyers Grace Henao and Lagakali Tavaiqia, Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Legal Aid Commission lawyer Alanieta Bilivalu at the 21st Attorney-General’s Conference at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola Bay on December 6, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Government is charging ahead with plans to partner with international developers to provide affordable unit-based housing.

Some 3000 units are expected to be built, easing the demand for affordable housing.

Speaking at the 21st Attorney-General’s Conference at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa yesterday, International Finance Corporation (IFC) Investment Officer, World Bank Group, Australia Ritesh Vij, gave an insight into what the Government and World Bank are working on.

Six areas have been identified to build strata-type housing.

Public private partnership

Mr Vij said: “International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group is working with the Government of Fiji to design a public private partnership (PPP) project for developing affordable and climate-resilient housing for low and middle-income families.

“In this regard, Government has selected six sites in the Central and Western Divisions to have a sufficient scale to attract an international developer who can bring in innovative and sustainable construction technology in Fiji.

“Under the PPP model, a private developer will be selected through a transparent and competitive bidding process and would be required to design and develop housing units of different typologies on all the selected sites.”

Referencing Indonesia, Mr Vij said different options needed to be provided for people, for instance, one for those who earned below a threshold of $15,000 and another for those who preferred a smaller unit before moving into bigger flats.

Mr Vij said Government could not do this alone.

“We would want Banks to also come on board. [It is] also important to have insurance companies on board given Fiji’s exposure to natural disasters,” he said.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the Government was keen to have mixed buildings where a lawyer, pilot and cleaner were able to afford units in the same building.

He said the Government was mindful that previous attempts had led to the units creating ghettos where the occupants were unable to move upwards or sell their units for profit and move to a unit suitable to their family’s needs.

Government is also simultaneously working on by-laws and focusing on enforcement issues.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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