Fiji Fo­cuses on Land and Mar­itme Sec­tor

Fiji Sun - - BUSINESS - KARALAINI TAVI

Trans­port is one of the fastest grow­ing car­bon emit­ting sec­tors in Fiji. Spe­ci­af­i­cally in the land and mar­itime sec­tors.

While speak­ing dur­ing the sec­ond day of the Pa­cific Is­land Trans­port fo­rum yes­ter­day, Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Deputy Pol­icy and Plan­ning Lui Nais­ara said Fiji is tak­ing the lead­ing role in cli­mate change but there is still a need to ad­dress de­car­bon­i­sa­tion.

The fo­rum was held at the Uni­ver­sity of the South Pa­cific Japan ICT Cen­tre, Lau­cala Bay Cam­pus. Mr Nais­ara said by the end of the fo­rum, par­tic­i­pants will relook at how to find so­lu­tions that are ap­pro­pri­ate, safe and ac­ces­si­ble for not only the peo­ple but also the in­vestors.

“In Fiji the fo­cus will be on the land and mar­itime sec­tor and how best to make use of the en­ergy sec­tor to help de­crease car­bon emis­sion,” he said.

“We have a di­verse group of par­tic­i­pants at the end of this fo­rum we will look at how best to take what we’ve learnt into prac­tice.” Mr Nais­ara added plans are un­der­way to in­tro­duce elec­tric trans­porta­tion in Fiji.

“We are look­ing at elec­tric ve­hi­cles, at whether we have the right in­fra­struc­ture and what we need to get it ready,” he said.

“The tech­nol­ogy is out there in the world but it is a mat­ter of bring­ing that right in­fra­struc­ture. “We need elec­tri­cal ve­hi­cle and charg­ing sta­tions and cur­rently we are work­ing with Global Green Growth In­sti­tute to do a study on how best we could ex­e­cute this ap­proach to in­tro­duce elec­tric ve­hi­cle to Fiji.”

Mr Nais­ara said for the mar­itime sec­tor they are col­lab­o­rat­ing with the South Pa­cific Com­mis­sion to for­mu­late Fiji’s en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in­dex. “This is look­ing at how gov­ern­ment ves­sels would use less fuel with the use of so­lar pan­els,” he said.

“Through these dis­cus­sions we can im­ple­ment trans­port poli­cies tak­ing into ac­count the need for every­body to be in­clu­sive, the pri­vate sec­tor, civil so­ci­ety, part­ners and also gov­ern­ment.

“For Fiji, it is imbed­ded in our Con­sti­tu­tion so shar­ing ideas on how best we will move for­ward to meet­ing our goals.”

Photo: Min­istry of In­fras­tru­ture and Trans­port

Par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the Pa­cific Trans­port Fo­rum at the USP Japan ICT cen­tre at Lau­cala Cam­pus on No­vem­ber 9, 2018.

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