Koya: Build­ing In­dus­try Plays Key Role

Fiji Sun - - Nation - LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI litia.tikomailepanoni@fi­jisun.com.fj

The build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try plays a cru­cial role in the de­vel­op­ment of our coun­try, says Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya .

He high­lighted this dur­ing the sec­ond SAMMA Alu­minium In­dus­try night at the Trans In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel in Nadi last Satur­day night. “The con­struc­tion in­dus­try has a ma­jor role in de­liv­er­ing the build in in­fra­struc­ture in an in­no­va­tive and cost ef­fec­tive way,” he said.

“It makes a vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion to com­petive­ness and pros­per­ity of the econ­omy in the mod­ern and driver of pro­duc­tiv­ity.” He added: “With the in­crease in amount of in­vest­ment in our in­fra­struc­ture project re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion af­ter trop­i­cal cy­clone Win­ston the build­ing and con­struc­tion In­dus­try is op­er­at­ing at full ca­pac­ity. “Lo­cal and over­seas in­vestors have an­nounced sev­eral mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar projects within the Tourism In­dus­try and other dif­fer­ent in­dus­try and even con­struc­tion for homes.” Mr Koya elab­o­rated on Govern­ment’s ef­forts in the build­ing and in­dus­try area. “The Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing in cap­i­tal works in terms of road, and en­ergy, wa­ter, sew­er­age and ma­jor port of en­try to im­prove trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion and im­prove liv­ing stan­dards in the coun­try,” he said. “What we build here on must be cat­e­gory 5 cy­clone-proof and I take my hat off to Samma for tak­ing the lead for bring­ing in in­no­va­tive prod­ucts that are cat­e­gory 5 cy­clone proof. It is not about bring­ing in cheap prod­ucts any more, the or- igin of which we do not care so long as the stan­dards are good enough to

“In re­view­ing those Fi­jian build­ing ma­te­rial stan­dard it is ex­tremely im­por­tant for our coun­try. This will im­prove the qual­ity of build­ing ma­te­rial im­ported and man­u­fac­tured for the Fi­jian mar­ket.” Edited by Naisa Koroi

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