14 July, 2017, 12:00 am
GOVERNMENT has allocated $8 million to establish an in-service manufacturing and services zone in Wairabetia, Lautoka.
While speaking on the 2017-2018 Appropriation Bill in Parliament on Monday, Industry, Trade, Tourism and Lands Minister Faiyaz Koya said the Wairabetia Economic Zone would feature a number of attractive facilities and increase employment opportunities.
“The project will benefit our strong manufacturing base and, of course, a world-class ICT (Information and communications technology) connectivity in growing a young, talented workforce,” he said.
“There are also prospects for developing shopping infrastructure and marine development on that particular site.”
Mr Koya told Parliament the establishment of a Building and Construction Approvals Committee, as revealed in the 2017-2018 Budget address by Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, would ease future investments in the country.
“The Building and Construction Approvals Committee will be established that will provide a single window for building permanent applications for the construction of commercial and industrial buildings.
“This process will not bypass a set of rules and regulations for the construction of buildings such as approvals for fire safety, occupational health and safety, to name a few, but will be an inclusive process that ensures that in the future potential bottlenecks are resolved before they arise,” he said.