Government strengthens enforcement of building standards

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya speaks with local exhibitiors during the Construction Industry Council trade show at the Warwick Fiji Resort last night. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Fijian Government, through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, is strengthening the enforcement of having standard building products through the issuance of import license for cyclonic screws and roofing coils.
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya highlighted this last night while opening the Construction Industry Council (CIC) tradeshow at the Warwick Fiji Resort.
He said the enforcement standards were to ensure all materials entering the Fijian market were compliant to the Fijian Building Standards.
“Building standards give products a competitive edge. In the eyes of consumers, products that comply with Fijian standards offer added value. It also reduces barriers to international trade,” Mr Koya said.
“Regardless of where a product is made, standards mean it can be sold and used around the globe. Opening new doors to international trade, standards help Fijian businesses compete locally and globally and to a wider market.”
Mr Koya said 14 local companies had already applied for import licenses on screws and roofing.
“There are seven from the Central Division, six from the Western Division and one from the Northern Division. We, however, anticipate an increase in these numbers in years to come, and I encourage you all to do the same and continue to uplift your standards.”
The enforcement of standards come as Government is also finalising technical assistance for the review of the National Building Code.
Meanwhile, the tradeshow features about 20 exhibitors both local and overseas-based companies.
The trade show is part of the three-day CIC conference at the Warwick Fiji Resort.
Its overall objective is to come up with specific resolutions that lead to effective long-term solutions that will benefit the industry and the economy.

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