‘PROJECT TOUCHES OUR HEARTS’

Ta­mavua vil­lagers thank Min­is­ter for Econ­omy over help to start multi-mil­lion dol­lar busi­ness ven­ture

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - ASHNA KU­MAR

Ta­mavua landown­ers have ex­pressed their grat­i­tude to the Gov­ern­ment for help­ing them to de­velop a mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar apart­ment/ho­tel and hous­ing com­plex on their land in Suva. Speak­ing on their be­half, Ro Lu­siana Vaniqi said the ho­tel/apart­ment and hous­ing project “has touched our hearts.” She said this was es­pe­cially so be­cause Gov­ern­ment was help­ing them with this devel­op­ment project. She said it had taken them 10 years to reach this point. This was a mo­men­tous and his­toric oc­ca­sion, a re­al­i­sa­tion of a dream. And thanks to the Gov­ern­ment, she added. Gov­ern­ment has pro­vided the start-up funds, com­ing from a $10 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion for iTaukei landown­ers in the new Bud­get, to help them com­mer­cially de­velop their land. Ro Lu­siana is the younger sis­ter of for­mer SDL pres­i­dent Ratu Kalokalo Loki. She is a di­rec­tor of El Shad­dai Unity In­vest­ment Com­pany Lim­ited. The com­pany is the devel­op­ment ve­hi­cle for the landown­ers. She said this was a great mo­ment for the iTaukei landown­ers to be given the op­por­tu­nity by this Gov­ern­ment to be di­rectly in­volved in the devel­op­ment of their land and re­sources.

This is the first project of this type of di­rect in­volve­ment by iTaukei land own­ers in the Cen­tral Divi­sion af­ter sim­i­lar projects in the West.

Dozens of ap­pli­ca­tions for as­sis­tance are cur­rently be­ing pro­cessed. Ro Lu­siana said: “This is a great ini­tia­tive, to take up this project as it will help us as landown­ers to grow.

“With this project, it will be a source of in­come for the com­mu­nity and boost the econ­omy of Fiji. “We want to build a 10 storey ho­tel/apart­ment with a re­volv­ing restau­rant on the very top so we can gen­er­ate more jobs and in­come for our com­mu­nity and the na­tion. “We will have our engi­neers from Rod Jep­son work with the Scope Pa­cific Lim­ited as they are the ex­pe­ri­enced engi­neers in Fiji for a proper and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment of the com­plex. “I be­lieve our youths in com­mu­ni­ties will have good job op­por­tu­ni­ties with this devel­op­ment espe-

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