Koya: Building Industry Plays Key Role
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