Govt, FNPF in talks to build con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity

Pro­posed plan is ex­pected to be part of FNPF’s Momi Bay project.

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Gov­ern­ment is in dis­cus­sion with the Fiji Na­tional Prov­i­dent Fund to build a con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity with a lot more ca­pac­ity. The At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, high­lighted this yes­ter­day dur­ing the Fiji Busi­ness Fo­rum or­gan­ised by the Fiji Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try at the Hol­i­day Inn Suva. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this would par­tic­u­larly be in prepa­ra­tion for the Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank’s an­nual meet­ing which Fiji has vol­un­teered to host.

The pro­posed con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be part of FNPF’s Momi Bay project. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum stressed: “They (ADB) gen­er­ally have about 4000 peo­ple at­tend­ing this an­nual meet­ing all at once.”

It is also wor­thy to note that this meet­ing has never been held in the Pa­cific, which would make it an­other first for Fiji. “Room in­ven­tory does not ex­ist in Suva but it does ex­ist in the Western Di­vi­sion,” he said. “We have had dis­cus­sions with the FNPF to build such a con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity in Momi that is halfway be­tween De­na­rau, In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji and the Shangri-La’s Fi­jian Re­sort etc.”

Room in­ven­tory in Suva

At the same time, Mr SayedKhaiyum has urged busi­nesses to in­vest in in­creas­ing the room in­ven­tory ca­pac­ity in Suva. As noted dur­ing the first Super Rugby match held in Suva this month, there is a se­ri­ous shortage of room in­ven­tory in Suva. This means while we have the ca­pac­ity in the sta­dium, it be­comes hard in terms of ac­com­mo­da­tion. “We have a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties in that ar­eas and want to have FNPF and com­pa­nies like Fi­jian Hold­ings to think about those op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“If we are strate­gic in our think­ing and part­ner with Gov­ern­ment, then there is room for growth in years to come.” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Gov­ern­ment is al­ready do­ing its bit with its four-lane project from Nau­sori to Suva mak­ing ac­cess from the Nau­sori In­ter­na­tional Air­port eas­ier.

He said the sig­nif­i­cance of this was that a lot of in­ter­na­tional meet­ings are held here now. But while Gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing in in­fra­struc­ture for eas­ier ac­cess, the pri­vate sec­tor needs to par­tic­i­pate and in­vest in cre­at­ing the room in­ven­tory.

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