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Workshop hears about 10 year plan

By Repeka Nasiko SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 13, 2011) – Fiji’s new National Housing Policy will see the provision of affordable and decent shelter for all communities in the country, said Social Welfare minister Dr Jiko Luveni.

And she says specific emphasis will be given to the upgrading of squatter settlements and resettlement to newly developed subdivisions.

Dr Luveni made the comment while opening the National Housing Policy Stakeholders Consultative Forum workshop in Suva this morning.

"The completion of the new National Housing Policy will provide a clear strategic direction and framework to the Government to ensure that recommended legislative, administrative, institutional and capacity building, structural changes in the housing sector (urban, rural, formal, informal and village housing) are made to facilitate the provisions of affordable and decent shelter for all communities in Fiji." Dr. Luveni said.

She said the Ministry of Housing has been tasked with administering the provision of the housing grants and squatter policy programs. The minister added that the new policy will contribute to the achievement of Fiji’s international commitment under Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that states to "Ensure environmental sustainability" and Article 11.1 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Public Rental Board General Manager, Mesake Senibulu said he hoped they would achieve Governments’ goal for the people of Fiji to have affordable housing by 2020.

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