China Invests $30m Plus For Fiji’s Jetties

The Chinese government is investing more than $30 million into the construction of the jetties.
17 Mar 2021 11:00
China Invests $30m Plus For Fiji’s Jetties
Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo addressing the media and university scholars at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Suva on March 16, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Engineers from China are waiting for their work permit approvals to Fiji and to start the construction of the first of 10 new jetties.

The Chinese government is investing more than $30 million into the construction of the jetties.

This was confirmed by China’s Ambassador to Fiji, Qian Bo, yesterday.

“The Chinese engineers are waiting to travel to Fiji, and they are waiting for their visa permit,” Mr Qian said.

“There are two jetties that they will construct as the first batch and they are Kiuva Village, and another is near Warwick.

“There will be a total of 10 jetties that the Chinese government will be funding, which will be constructed around Fiji.”

Mr Qian said that the projects they planned to embark on required proper planning with steps taken one at a time.

“The Chinese government through tendering has confirmed the contractor,” he said.

According to Fiji’s policy, they will need to get the permit and the second one so for them to get quarantine is costly, and they will need to be quarantined for 14 days.

“The engineers will come to Fiji and visit the location and do the design and will go back and then the whole team will come,” he said.

“There is a chance that they will employ Fijians but because they are a new contractor, I don’t know how they will operate.

“They are not like the Chinese contract that is already here in Fiji who have employed locals.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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