Partnership agreement to benefit low income earners

Minister for Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar and New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr during the partnership agreement signing today. Picture: SUPPLIED

A PARTNERSHIP was signed today in support of Fiji’s ambition to improve the socio-economic outcomes for low-income earners in Fiji through improved access to quality and affordable housing.

The partnership was signed between the Ministry of Housing and Community Development and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The New Zealand Government is providing an indicative funding amount of NZD 4,500,000 (FJD 6,124,050) towards joint funded activities under this arrangement.

The New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr said the partnership demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to support economic resilience, community well-being, and the long term development of housing sector in Fiji.

“The partnership will lead to an increased access to affordable high quality social housing for Fiji communities as well as increased provision and coordination of basic services to informal settlements in the Greater Suva area,” Mr Curr said.

The Minister for Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar said the agreement would greatly benefit low income earners in Fiji.

“The Ministry is grateful to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for this great initiative, as it will provide access to affordable high quality social housing for vulnerable communities in Fiji,” Mrs Kumar said.

She said that communities develop only when the needs of all residents are met and ensuring affordable and safe homes is a critical step in that direction.

The outcomes to be progressed by the Partners include:

  • Increased strategy and planning capacity within the public sector for long-term development within Fiji’s housing sector
  • Increased access to affordable high quality social housing for vulnerable communities; and
  • Increased provision and coordination of basic services to informal settlements;

The Partnership covers areas of mutual investment in the following projects:

  • Policy advisory support to the Ministry to develop and implement the national housing policy framework
  • Support to the RISE Programme which provides infrastructure for sustainable water and sanitation management systems into the housing and landscapes of informal settlements in the Greater Suva Area;
  • Support to the Model Towns Charitable Trust (the MTCT) who provides subsidised, climate resilient housing and the community support services to residents of the Koroipita Village.

 

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