The Assistant Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Honourable Sakiusa Tubuna visited the Nawi Island Integrated Resort project in Savusavu last week (January 10th, 2023) where he was briefed on the progress of work on the multi-million-dollar investment.
Designed and built to high environmental standards, Company Director Mr Melvin Chand, while briefing Honourable Tubuna, said that work is well underway on Nawi Island and they are working to ensure they complete the project as per expected timeline.
He informed the Assistant Minister that as part of their environment sustainable practices, they aim to plant 100,000 mangrove plants on the island.
He said this mangrove planting programme started in November, last year, adding 11 more hectares of land have been reserved for such planting initiative.
Mr Chand also took the opportunity to highlight some issues relating to Government assistance and facilitation towards the project.
In his response, the Assistant Minister said the Government is here to create an enabling environment for everyone, including partnership with the private sector.
He thanked the Nawi Island Integrated Resort staff for the opportunity to tour the project site, adding Government will work with them.
The project is owned by a group of investors and once completed, it is expected to boost economic opportunities in the Hidden Paradise town.
Nawi Island is presently being developed into an International superyacht marina with luxury freehold residences, a private yacht club and a world-class spa and resort, to name just a few.
Meanwhile, Honourable Tubuna also met with the Savusavu business owners for a stakeholder dialogue where he highlighted the importance of working together to boost economic opportunities in the area.
“As key stakeholders and business facilities, you are our core business partner. Ensuring sustainable development with minimal impact on the natural environment, while encouraging economic balance will forge a way forward for a lasting relationship,” he said.
He also met with the Permanent Secretary for Environment Ms Mere Lakeba and her senior staff who also facilitated the environment site visits and stakeholder dialogue.