THE Rakiraki Chamber of Commerce and Industry says attracting investors has not been easy.
However, chamber president Sam Pillay said the business community had been working closely with the authorities to implement new income-generating projects.
"We have our monthly meetings with the town council and our district office and the chamber has made a few proposals to have some new projects done so that we could have more business opportunities in Rakiraki," he said.
"A few years ago, we had made proposals for more structural facilities that could house more businesses and to also have a sporting facility.
"While the sporting facility proposal was implemented, the other submissions were not."
Mr Pillay said increasing investment in Rakiraki would depend on co-operation between the authorities and interested investors.
"It all has to do with working together and ensuring that we have the same kind of goals when it comes to building this town and expanding it.
"We have a lot of potential and we also need to know what the greater population of Rakiraki and the people of Ra mostly need.
"I think one of major challenges for Rakiraki is the location of the town and how our people are spread out across the region.
"Houses and residential areas are spaced out from one another and villages are also far apart."
Mr Pillay said farming was the main source of income for the people of Rakiraki.
"Farming is an important sector here and in order for us to increase our investment we would need to introduce new income generating businesses so that we would have a whole range of sectors that provide income for people.
"There is a long way to go but we are hopeful that we could attract more investment."