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Relook At Suva City’s Boundaries: Ali To Experts

“To do this, the Suva City Council needs to enlist experts, such as developers, engineers, architects, investor agents, to name a few,” Mr Ali said.
17 Mar 2021 10:29
Relook At Suva City’s Boundaries: Ali To Experts
Acting Permanent Secretary for Local Government Shaheen Ali (front fifth from left) with stakeholders during the Development Permit Management Workshop at the Lower Civic Auditorium Hall, Suva on March 16, 2021.

There is a need to reevaluate Suva City’s zones against the changing needs and pressures applied to the old boundaries of our municipality.

The Acting Permanent Secretary for Local Government Shaheen Ali highlighted this during the Development Permit Management Workshop at the Lower Civic Auditorium Hall, Suva yesterday.

“To do this, the Suva City Council needs to enlist experts, such as developers, engineers, architects, investor agents, to name a few,” Mr Ali said.

“In other words, all of you. The input from industry players is critical in terms of creating a vision for the city of Suva for the next 20 or 50 years.”

Because Suva was the hub of development in building and construction Mr Ali said: “It is vital that local authorities play a lead role in ensuring that these investments are realised.

“In 2020, the Suva City Council issued 393 permits compared to 278 permits issued in 2019.

“This represents a 70 per cent increase in construction permits and most importantly, the continued confidence of investors — despite the pandemic.

“You have to look long term. Remember, you are essentially the first point of contact for potential investors. If your customers recognise you for good and timely service, that immediately translates into increased economic activities.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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