Government will ensure that islands in the Lau group gain access to the essential services provided by Government.

This reassurance was highlighted by the Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama while opening the Adi Natuicake Day at Kauvesi Park, Raiwai today.

Prime Minister Bainimarama said one of the extended services that Government will establish is the births, deaths and marriages registry in Lakeba.

“Once this service has been set-up, communities will no longer have to travel great distances to simply register a birth, death or marriage. Instead, your entire region will have direct access to those services.

“We’ve also introduced a number of tax packages to encourage investment in maritime services and thereby bringing Lau closer into the fold of our economic progress.”

The head of government added that such incentives give operators the opportunity to maintain and expand the shipping routes that communities rely on to sell goods, see loved ones and generally access the rest of the islands.”

Other services that will be offered by Government include the transmission of AM radio services through government’s national broadcaster, FBC, to expand the AM radio network to cover 100 per cent of Fiji.

People in the islands will also be updated on regular programmes, information on Government services and initiatives, and critical emergency information in times of crises.

PM Bainimarama also highlighted initiatives provided by Government to uplift the economic status of women in maritime islands such as the women resource centres, expos and income generating projects.

To read the Honourable Prime Minister’s full speech, click here.


[Source: Fijian Government]

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