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A-G: Govt In Constant Consultations With Key Stakeholders And Businesses Over Coronavirus

Government has been in constant consultations with various stakeholders and businesses over the past few weeks. This is to position Fiji well in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak worldwide.
08 Mar 2020 12:29
A-G: Govt In Constant Consultations With Key Stakeholders And Businesses Over Coronavirus
From left: Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (centre) with Western Homes Limited’s managing director Bobby Khan (right) and his wife Rukshana Begum (left) during the opening of the Cuvu Shoping Complex on March 7, 2020. Photo: Charles Chambers

Government has been in constant consultations with various stakeholders and businesses over the past few weeks. This is to position Fiji well in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak worldwide.

The comments were made yesterday by the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while opening the Western Homes Limited’s $3 million shopping centre in Cuvu, Sigatoka.

“It will have an impact throughout the world but in times like this the country needs to come together and support each other and create the right environment.

“We need to put measures in place to mitigate or stop the risks of these types of global issues which are beyond our control.

“By the grace of God we don’t have anybody in Fiji with coronavirus.”

He noted that there a few suspected cases, but they were tested and their results turned out to be negative.

“We have to be cautious and as a Government we have.”

From left: Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (centre) with Western Homes Limited’s managing director Bobby Khan (right) and his wife Rukshana Begum (left) during the opening of the Cuvu Shoping Complex on March 7, 2020. Photo: Charles Chambers

From left: Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (centre) with Western Homes Limited’s managing director Bobby Khan (right) and his wife Rukshana Begum (left) during the opening of the Cuvu Shoping Complex on March 7, 2020. Photo: Charles Chambers

About the investment

While opening the Cuvu Shopping complex, Mr Saiyed-Khaiyum also revealed that people who had been living on the land in the area and close to the beach without any security over the land would be given 99 year leases.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum praised the investment poured into the country by Western Homes Limited’s company owner and managing director Bobby Khan.

“Fiji now has more satellite towns.

“Government’s job is to provide the same services available in the major towns to small satellite towns like this one. That’s why we have installed street lights and proper roads in places like this.”

Western Homes Limited’s Cuvu Shopping Complex on March 7, 2020. Photo: Charles Chambers

Western Homes Limited’s Cuvu Shopping Complex on March 7, 2020. Photo: Charles Chambers

The Cuvu area also has its own health centre and Police post.

“These facilities will allow businesses and shops to open late at night and people would feel safe to come out and shop.

“These all become centres of trade.

“From a national perspective you don’t have to travel longer distances so you save on fuel and there is less carbon footprint.

“It helps the wellbeing of the community and the country.”

He said people like Mr Khan had taken advantage of dual citizenship to come back and invest in Fiji.

Mr Khan said the complex had 10 shopping spaces including a supermarket and there has been a lot of interest for the remaining five outlets.

“I also plan to build a service station here shortly and a gas centre for vehicles.”

Mr Khan added he had plans to build a bigger 16 outlets complex at the back of the present complex and that would be given out at affordable rent to people wanting to engage in starting their own business.

charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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