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Partnership Develops Master Plan, For Progress Of Major Cities, Towns

Fiji needs policies and plans that were robust and adaptable to the changing times and receptive to new concepts and ideas of quality living.
10 Nov 2022 04:08
Partnership Develops Master Plan, For Progress Of Major Cities, Towns
Ministry of Commerce Trade Tourism and Transport Permanent Secretary Shaheen Ali inspects Fiji National University students’ display models during World Town Planning Day at Civic Centre on November 8, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Solution-based and progressive methods of town and cities development has become constant work for the Government, says Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Permanent Secretary Shaheen Ali.

While speaking at the 73rd World Town Planning Day at Suva Civic Center yesterday he said the Fijian Government was in partnership with its Singapore counterparts for a long-term strategic development framework.

Mr Ali highlighted the partnership reserved a 50-year Master Plan for developments and progress for towns and cities.

“This consists of a 50-year Master Plan – for major cities and towns in Viti Levu,” Mr Ali said.

 

“This Master Plan will provide a broad template for Fijian towns and cities to develop individual town schemes.”

Mr Ali alluded to the fact that the plan would allow the Government and agencies to work together to build a smart and sustainable future.

“The Master Plan process is making us and agencies think of the future of economic sectors and what is required to build smart, sustainable and resilient cities and towns,” Mr Ali said.

“Our belief is that the master planning approach must be one that is forward looking and more proactive rather than reactive.”

Ministry of Commerce Trade Tourism and Transport Permanent Secretary Shaheen Ali and Nasinu and Nausori Municipal Council Chief Executive Officer, Anurashika Bari with students during World Town Planning Day at Civic Centre on November 8, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Ministry of Commerce Trade Tourism and Transport Permanent Secretary Shaheen Ali and Nasinu and Nausori Municipal Council Chief Executive Officer, Anurashika Bari with students during World Town Planning Day at Civic Centre on November 8, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Policies Vital 

Mr Ali said policies must provide an enabling environment for urban centres to respond to shocks.

He highlighted that Fiji needed policies and plans that were robust and adaptable to the changing times and receptive to new concepts and ideas of quality living.

Policies must provide an enabling environment for urban centres to respond to shocks.

Mr Ali said planning must be for the long-term, Fiji needs a plan that considers Fiji’s future needs not just five or 10 years down the track but 50 years ahead.

 

“Planners, we need to think outside the box, most importantly, planning cannot be done in isolation,” Mr Ali said.

“As part of a Small Island Developing States, with limited resources, planning needs to be continuous effort by stakeholders.”

Mr Ali remind attendees that planning could not be solely achieved by the Department of Town and Country Planning.

“We need Municipal Councils, agencies such as Lands and Housing, I-Taukei Land Trust Board, Water Authority Fiji, Fiji Road Authority, Energy Fiji Limited, private sector and the public to collectively take steps towards modern planning,” Mr Ali said.

 

Story by: jone.salusalu@fijisun.com.fj 



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