Budget submission: More fund allocation for infrastructure warranted – NCCI

Malabe Rd on Kings Road. Picture: FT FILE/SUPPLIED

ALLOCATION of more funds and a strong emphasis on infrastructure, capital projects and development is warranted in Fiji, and untapped potential in rural areas needs to be opened up with incentives.

These points are among issues and recommendations raised by the Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) in its submission to the 2019/2020 national budget, with emphasis on the importance of having properly-developed roads to create more opportunities.

“Tar sealing of all rural roads should be a priority for obvious reasons but most importantly to give people living alongside roads clean healthy environment, pollutant and dust-free air to breathe and above all respect and dignity. They have been neglected for far too long,” NCCI president Dr Ram Raju said in the submission.

“There are many backpacker resorts that are not easily accessible, which are the future of ecotourism.

“There are many tourist-related attractive tours and activities in the rural such areas as Sabeto Mud Pools, Sabeto Orchid Gardens, Zipline and waterfalls in Sabeto, Nausori highland Eco tours, Tau caves and Momi gun sites, Sigatoka river safari, Abaca Village and waterfall.

“All these accessible roads should be tar sealed to allow maximum patronage and economic activities, increasing productivity and add to a more vibrant economy.

“Tar sealing of all roads in the rural areas in Fiji along with the provision of all essential services such as water, electricity, drains and sewerage will see newer resorts and hotels being built; agriculture, horticulture and animal production to grow and prosper.

“This will prevent the movement or migration of rural dwellers to urban areas and ultimately boost domestic growth and improve the overall economic well-being of rural dwellers.”

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