MORE ports of entry will be built in Vanua Levu to boost economic activities, says Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
He made the comment at the launch of the Wairiki chipping operations in Bua yesterday.
"My government is committed to opening additional ports of entry to boost economic activities in years to come," Commodore Bainimarama said.
"But we need to justify it through smart business," he said.
Commodore Bainimarama said Wairiki Port chipping facility could maintain a competitive edge for years to come with the chipping factory and port being at the same location.
He told guests, villagers of Bua and heads of government departments that because of fuel costs, it was no longer viable to cart goods to far away places before export.
"Instead, it is best for goods to be produced near their destinations," Commodore Bainimarama said. "While the global economic situation certainly positions business for growth, what truly makes any of this even possible are something much simpler."
"We need to maintain sound management, transparency and good corporate governance," he added.
Without this, Commodore Bainimarama said nothing was possible.