PM: More Help For Lau

Mr Bainimarama said there has been progress in the procurement of more solar freezer projects in the Lau Group of islands.
02 Jun 2022 15:22
PM: More Help For Lau
Representatives of the Lau Province with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the Lau Provincial Council Meeting at the Studio 6 Apartments in Suva on June 1, 2022. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has promised more help for the Lau Group in the coming weeks and months.

While speaking at the Lau Provincial Council meeting on Wednesday, Prime Minister Bainimarama told the people of Lau that the Government and its development partners were working together to provide more assistance to the people of Lau who depend solely on the sea for livelihood.

Mr Bainimarama said there has been progress in the procurement of more solar freezer projects in the Lau Group of islands.


He said six solar freezers were ready for Nayau, Fulaga, Vanuabalavu, Matuku and Kabara.

“We’ve made efficient use of the support so far received, though we are still seeking more support to fully implement the project,” he said.

“One notable milestone has been an understanding that we’ve reached with the United States of America to secure boats to patrol fishing boundaries for the various districts.”


“A reliable freezer system that reduces waste combined with reliable means of enforcement allows us to lend greater nuance to our policy-making.”

He also told district representatives that the Government would soon lift the blanket ban on bêche-de-mer.

“But we must be mindful that it is a resource that can be exhausted. Just like forests or fish, we must manage it sustainably and keep a close eye on the health of the population,” he said.


Build Back Better

Mr Bainimarama said after Tropical Cyclone Winston in February 2016, the Government had invested $1.2million as part of its campaign to Build Back Better to purchase new equipment and vehicles and better maintain the existing machines.

“The most recent purchase we made was in 2020, which was a seven-tonne truck, a loader and a 4×4 Landcruiser,” he said.


“As you know, some of these vehicles were deployed to Kadavu to assist with our response to other cyclones –– we appreciate your patience in solidarity with those Fijians who were in-need of urgent assistance.”

“Today, after a successful rehab effort in Kadavu, I am proud to handover those vehicles to you, together with a new portable sawmill.”



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