PM on ‘asset rich, cash poor’

Tavua landowners at the Tubalevu Subdivision development site with PM Voreqe Bainimarama in Tavua. Picture: Fijian Government

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the work Government has undertaken to develop iTaukei land is a step closer to ending the notion of the iTaukei people being “asset rich and cash poor”.

He said this when he officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony of the iTaukei Land Development Grant in Tavua on Wednesday.

“We don’t only empower landowners through these developments,” he said.

“Every lot we subdivide and make available to rent can become a home that can house a Fijian family.

“Every day we spend developing the land, we employ hardworking people, including many from the local communities, and every project we complete adds to the strength of our economy. And that benefits everyone.”

Mr Bainimarama also acknowledged the initiative undertaken by Manasa Naiceru of Yavusa Navusabalavu in Tavualevu for taking this step forward.

“Manasa, you will make yourself rich by taking this opportunity to make your assets work for you and Fiji. And your children and grandchildren will thank you for it.

“On the back of the stability we’ve created for the country and the consistency in policies, we promise to continue delivering for our people. The best is yet to come.

“Day by day and development after development, we will continue writing a new story of empowerment, opportunity, and inclusivity for every Fijian.”

The Government has approved 10 native land development projects under the iTaukei Land Development Grant.

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