A Masterplan is our collective vision for Fiji, encompassing sustainability, and inclusivity.
This was highlighted by Minister for Housing and Local Government Maciu Nalumisa while presenting the Master Planning Workshop to the stakeholders for the first time since its inception a few years ago.
Nalumisa says it is not just a document but a blueprint for progress, a road map to prosperity, and a testament to our commitment to the well-being of all Fijians.
He says the specific focus today is on the Concept Masterplan for the Greater Suva Nadi, and Lautoka areas and recognises the importance of planning and vision in shaping our nation's future.
Nalumisa says the government also draw inspiration from the experiences of others, particularly from Singapore.
He says Singapore, transformed from a humble city-state into a global economic powerhouse.
He adds while Fiji and Singapore may differ in many aspects, there are invaluable lessons we can learn and adapt to our unique context.
Nalumisa says the Singaporean experience has shown us the power of thorough planning, innovative thinking, and the relentless pursuit of progress.
He says we are not seeking to replicate their success but to glean insights that can be applied to our own journey of development and with the help of Singapore Cooperation Enterprise and Morrow, the first four strategies of the project have been successfully completed.
The Minister says through the 2023-2024 National Budget, the government have allocated resources for the completion of the Concept Masterplan for Greater Suva, Nadi, and Lautoka and the goal is to provide every Fijian with a high-quality life, where access to essential services, education, healthcare and economic opportunities are not constrained by geography.
He says the planning for the next 50 years is not just prudent but it is imperative.
He further says the world is changing rapidly, and we must prepare ourselves for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Nalumisa says this Masterplan is our tool for building resilience, sustainability, and prosperity and Fiji, with its diverse culture, stunning landscapes, and incredible potential, deserves nothing less than a meticulously thought-out strategy to nurture its growth.
He says the Concept Masterplan for the Greater Suva Nadi and Lautoka area is not just an abstract idea but is a concrete vision of what our cities and regions can become - thriving, resilient, and inclusive hubs of economic activity and community life.
Nalumisa says the workshop is not just a formality but a symbol of our commitment to transparency and inclusivity.
He says it is the first time that the Ministry is comprehensively presenting this Masterplan to the valued stakeholders.
Nalumisa urges stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogues that challenge our assumptions, broaden our horizons, and lead us to innovative solutions.
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