The development and resilience of rural and maritime areas is integral to the overall development and resilience of Fiji, said Minister for Rural Development and Development, Inia Seruiratu.
He made the comment during the launch of the 2022-2023 Annual Costed Operational Plan (ACOP) launch workshop held at the Center for Appropriate Technology and Development (CATD) in Nadave.
“Rural and maritime development is at the heart of Fiji’s transformation,” he said.
Mr. Seruiratu said the development and resilience of rural and maritime areas is integral to the overall development and resilience of Fiji.
He stressed the need to modernize the rural economy, raise living standards and transform the country’s rural adversities into a vibrant and productive society.
“I pray that our deliberations over the next few days will gradually move us towards workable solutions that will not only effectively achieve our goals, but more so propel the benefits for all rural Fijians.”
He said that through the Ministry’s Risk-Informed Development (RID) approach, he would work to ensure that the collective aspiration to improve economic opportunity, sustainable livelihoods, climate resilience and to disasters and safety for all Fijians, especially for rural and maritime communities, is realized in the next 10 years. years.
“These aspirations are translated into targets and objectives within the framework of the 5 SPAs of the ministry’s annual costed operational plan which we are here to witness its launch for another year of our service delivery.
“The Cascade software application and online project application forms which will also be launched during this workshop, are the recent developments which will help to assist and better monitor our overall work processes from an end-to-end perspective. end.”
He also said there was a need to stay current and capitalize on new technological advancements and market developments to meet customer demands.