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Push to extend Fiji tax-free zones

IN the aftermath of the military coups of 1987, the then interim government created a tax free zone in Kalabu, Nasinu, which helped Nasinu to grow and bridge the development between Nausori to Suva City. Suva-Nausori continues to grow tremendously.

 The same, however, cannot be said between Wainadoi and Pacific Harbour. The region has land and labour. There is a need to develop the necessary infrastructure to attract investors to create jobs and add value to the local economy specifically and national economy generally.

With the Suva to Nausori corridor now almost full, the only other way the development from the capital city can move is towards the West. Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, a member of the Opposition, pleaded in Parliament, to declare this region a ‘tax free zone’, in the hope to improve infrastructure and connectivity, an ambitious project reflecting the desires of the people of this region.

A paramount chief in this area, Matanitobua said he had witnessed every opportunity and plans to develop Serua and Namosi. Located 17km to 60 km west of Suva City on the Southern Coast of Viti Levu, the total region covers the provinces of Serua and Namosi and a part of Rewa province known as Beqa, with a total population close to 35,000 people, 66 per cent iTaukei, four per cent minority communities and 30 per cent Fijians of Indian descent.

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