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5-year plan review

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, January 18, 2014

THE government will this year reconsider its next five-year plan for the Look North policy.

Speaking at Vunidogoloa Village this week, Agriculture Minister Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu said the five-year plan from 2008 to 2013 ended last year.

Lt-Col Seruiratu said most people underestimated the policy but the government was committed to fulfilling its objectives.

"For the policy to fulfil its objectives, there is a need to improve the infrastructure, electricity and communication systems as these are major enablers," he said.

"Government is dedicated to the improvement of these enablers and most of its projects have been happening progressively since 2008.

"We draw development plans for a five-year period — the first ever plan was launched in 2008."

Lt-Col Seruiratu said their current tour of the North was for the purpose of monitoring these projects in light of plans for the next five years.

"This plan will be submitted to Cabinet and we hope the next government after the election will consider these development plans.

"Bua is the least developed province in the country and this also includes the other two areas that we visited during this tour — Wailevu and Wainunu.

"These are included in the list of the eight least developed provinces and districts in the country."

Lt-Col Seruiratu said these districts and provinces had the natural resources but not the infrastructure.

"Since 2008, Bua has been heading the dalo export rate exceeding Taveuni.

"We also plan to improve the beef, livestock and dairy production in the North in the near future. The next development plan will include Taveuni and the three provinces in the North."

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