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Improving Air/Sea communications to Rotuma will enhance economic
Nov 21, 2006, 10:31
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Improving the air and sea communications to the island of Rotuma will greatly enhance the community’s livelihood and economic development the State Minister for Immigration and Ex-Servicemen Joji Konrote said in Parliament recently.

He highlighted that the air and sea gap is Rotuma’s lifeline to the Viti Levu mainland and that he requested due consideration to be given to improving government’s service delivery in this respect.

On the other hand, Mr Konrote noted that “in our latest attempts to find ways of improving communications to Rotuma, we have solicited the assistance of the Tuvalu High Commissioner in Suva to determine if we could utilize the use of its ship the MV Nivaga to call into Rotuma on its way to and from
Tuvalu to Suva.”

He said that this would require the endorsement of government in declaring Rotuma an in and out port.

In addition to Rotuma’s problems, Mr Konrote reiterated that the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) is seriously considering closing the airport for safety reasons and that they are working hard with the Ministry of Tourism and Transport and other stakeholders in having the Rotuma airport upgrade project implemented as soon as possible.

“The completion of this upgrade project would enable bigger aircrafts to service the island thus lowering airfares and improve the community’s ability to market
some of their produce,” he said.


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