Nineteen year old Shaneel Ajay Prakash of Waila Nausori took time out to make his submission during the NDP consultations that was held at Lelean Memorial School last night.

Mr Prakash said that Government should consider streamlining processes with relation to the setup of businesses in the country.

“The process of setting up a business in Fiji usually takes 60 days unlike for other Pacific island countries, it takes 3 days and for Australia with New Zealand it only takes two-days,” Mr Prakash said.

“To attract more investors we need to streamline this processes and this should be included in the NDP plan for the next to 5 to 20 years.”

Mr Prakash also suggested to Government to look into zoning farm land in the agricultural sector.

He says this zoning will allow farmers to better plan what  crop to plant on their farms and meet the demand in the market.

Sharing similar sentiments, Epeli Dranikamate highlighted that Government should look into funding for the upgrading of roads that lead to religious buildings and facilities.

He was referring to the roads within Lelean Memorial School premises and the ageing Davuilevu Theological College in Nausori.

“We pay town rates and when we request the town council to look into this they refer us to Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) however our request is for Government to include the funding of these projects in the NDP ,” Mr Dranikamate said.

Strategic Planning officer Marika Nayaga said 80 percent of the work has been completed with regards to consultations and the response from the public has been overwhelming.

“One of the main issues highlighted during the consultations is improving water supply, employment, improving roads and transport amongst other things” Mr Nayaga said.

“We need to encourage Fijians to participate in these consultations especially when our teams are visiting the grassroots level.”

Mr Nayaga adds that in future the team is looking at conducting a door-to-door exercise to encourage all Fijians to make their submissions.

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