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New laws for industry

The Fiji Times Online:

Friday, 15 April 2016


The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism permanent secretary, Shaheen Ali, has revealed that the ministry will put in new laws to control the quality of construction companies and the entire construction industry in the country.

Speaking to a group of Australian investors here in the country, Mr Ali said new standards for buildings and construction materials would soon be put in place to ensure sustainability and durability of structures.

"I want to reiterate the prime minister's call that Fiji will not compromise on building materials or building standards," he said.

"We are also determined to upgrade our standards and through the ministry we are putting in new laws to control the quality of our construction companies and entire construction industry".

Mr Ali further told the group that Fiji was in the reconstruction phase after the "setback" by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

He added that the focus now was to build infrastructure and housing in accordance with proper standards and ensure the sustainability of these structures given Fiji's vulnerability to the elements.

The Fiji Infrastructure Mission, consisting of 32 companies all over Australia, is in the country to hear firsthand the potential Fiji holds in terms of infrastructure investment.

The mission is being facilitated by Austrade, Pacific Islands Trade and Invest and Investment Fiji.

Read story: The Fiji Times Online

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