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Fiji not built on smiles and fake promises, says Bainimarama

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, January 21, 2018

FIJI at present is not on built smiles and fake promises, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Speaking at the opening of the of the TappooCity in Lautoka last night, Mr Bainimarama said he was different from his opponents.

"My fellow Fijians, the Fiji we know today wasn't built by talk, smiles and false promises — which is all that those in the Opposition have to offer — it has been built by my Government's commitment to deliver real development that is making real differences in the lives of the Fijian people," he said.

More than 300 jobs were created in the Sugar City ever since the $30 million building opened last year.

Mr Bainimarama added when he first broke ground on the construction of the TappooCity Lautoka project, Fiji was headed into democratic elections.

"Four years on, Lautoka has seen new and improved infrastructure, higher paying jobs and bigger and better opportunities for its residents.

"And again, the next four years hold tremendous promise for Lautoka.

"Again, our game plan for Fiji will carry this city to new levels of success, development and achievement."

The PM said his Government's management of the Fijian economy had put more money back in the pockets of ordinary people and this had contributed to increased business activity.

"Last year, we raised our income tax threshold, giving thousands of hardworking people more spending power, and I'm sure our retailers have noticed a big spike in consumer spending as a result.

"That has given Fijian families access to more goods and services and pumped money back into our economy, growing businesses, creating new market opportunities and creating and sustaining employment."

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