THE implementation of a comprehensive development plan for Fiji is in progress and is intended to address all aspects of urban and regional development and governance.
Local Government and Urban Development Minister Colonel Samuela Saumatua made the statement on Thursday night during the World Town Planning Day celebrations.
Col. Saumatua said government remained committed to employing a joint government approach to the implementation of those programs by uniting the efforts of the Department of Town and Country Planning, municipal governments and stakeholders.
"The support of businesses around the community in providing opportunities for the citizens is also an essential element of the program," he said.
"We must not forget the needs and concerns of the poor and marginalised within our urban centres and regional areas and the challenges they face particularly in accessing adequate and affordable shelter, utilities and infrastructure."
Col. Saumatua said government placed priority on several initiatives to address the concerns of this segment of the population.
He said it was important to build urban systems for infrastructure, roads, parks, commercial centres and so on.