PM RABUKA VISITS LAUTOKA PORT AND PROPOSED SHIPBUILDING SITE: EXPLORES MARITIME ADVANCEMENT-(23-02-2024)

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka visited the Port of Lautoka and proposed shipbuilding site today.
Upon arrival, PM Rabuka was accorded a traditional ceremony of welcome. He was then presented with a brief on port facilities by the Fiji Ports Authority Board Chairman Mr Pita Wise and the Chief Executive Officer Mr Vajira Piyasena.
The presentation focused on ongoing developments, improvements and opportunities for collaboration to enhance Fiji’s position in the global maritime landscape.
The Lautoka Port, a critical hub for trade and commerce, plays an important role in facilitating imports and exports.
Discussions also focused on potential investments and technological advancements to further elevate Fiji’s shipbuilding capabilities.
The Prime Minister was also given a tour of the facilities where he engaged with officials and industry experts.
Prime Minister Rabuka expressed the Coalition Government’s commitment to optimize the port’s efficiency and ensuring it meets international standards to attract more business.
At the same time, the Prime Minister commended efforts of ports employees and management, acknowledging their contributions to the sector.
Prime Minister Rabuka emphasised the government’s dedication to fostering a robust maritime industry that aligns with environmental sustainability goals.
Discussions held by the Prime Minister also explored opportunities for green initiatives within the maritime sector, focusing on eco-friendly ship designs, renewable energy integration, and responsible maritime practices.
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