$22m investment to expand markets

Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar presents the Vice President's Award to Levuka Market Vendors Association's Seini Biukula during the Market Vendors Association Awards Night in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

GOVERNMENT has invested $22.2 million to the expansion and redevelopment of Fiji’s municipal markets.

Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar highlighted this while officiating at the first-ever UN Women Fiji market vendors awards ceremony.

“The Nausori, Namaka and Rakiraki municipal markets redevelopment projects have seen a total investment of $22.2m by Government and the municipal councils.

“The new Laqere Municipal Market, built at a cost of $7m, will relocate 50 roadside vendors within the township and accommodate 340 new vendors,” Mrs Kumar said.

The Rakiraki, Namaka and Savusavu municipal markets have been co-funded by the UN Women’s Markets for Change project with UN Women contributing $4.3m for all three markets.

“We also acknowledge their assistance in developing accommodation centres in Ba, Labasa, Sigatoka and Suva markets.”

The minister added the UN Women’s Markets for Change project had helped improve governance at municipal markets and encouraged vendors to play a key role in supporting municipal infrastructure in the area of cleanliness and good use of markets.

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