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Budget a morale booster: Special administrator

Maneesha Karan
Friday, December 09, 2011

THE input of funds by the government into various projects in the Northern Division will help boost investment and employment opportunities, says Labasa special administrator Vijay Chand.

In a Ministry of Information statement, Mr Chand applauded the 2012 National Budget, which he said encouraged the revival and growth of the Look North Policy.

He said the injection of funds in the Northern economy as part of the Look North Policy, including zero fiscal duty on raw materials, was a morale booster for Northern producers.

"If you look at the Budget, everything is focused in the North more or less," he said.

Mr Chand said the focus signified the government's commitment towards the development of the North.

"The town council continues to create a more conducive environment for investors including upgrading roads and beautifying the towns," he said. He also encouraged tertiary education institutions to open branches in Vanua Levu to stop children travelling to Viti Levu and prevent students from experiencing the difficulties associated with people studying away from home.

Mr Chand applauded Fiji National University's scheme to build a campus in Labasa.

"FNU will be providing a hotel type opportunity for children in Labasa and those hailing from other parts of Vanua Levu can take advantage of such facilities," he said.