FIJI is entering an important phase of development as it moves towards the consultation process and registration period for voters, says Acting Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Jone Usamate.
And it has been a key principle for government to return the country to sustainable democracy for a united nation that is free of ethnic issues, Mr Usamate says.
He made the comments at the handing over ceremony of a backhoe loader machine to the Labasa Town Council yesterday.
"We have made significant and huge progress and there is still more needed to be done to free ourselves from the shackles of corruption, cronyism and inefficient practices," he said.
"In two weeks time, the Constitutional Commission will be announcing its invitation to the public for their contributions towards the constitutional process and as of now, we all have the opportunity to register as voters.
"Today's event complements government's commitment to the north as we look forward to seeing such place grow economically through our integrated framework for change," he said.
Mr Usamate said the Look North Policy had become apparent with the progress of roads at the Buca Bay highway, the bauxite mining in Wailevu and operations at the Wairiki chip mill.
"All of these developments will bring about social and economic developments in Vanua Levu."
The backhoe loader machine was given to the council by the Japanese government.