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The Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management is mandated to establish an Integrated Development Structure at Divisional level to effectively manage the coordination and implementation of development in Fiji's rural sector in line with the national direction of the Government for Rural and Outer Islands Development. In doing so, the Ministry is responsible for the establishment of Divisional Development Boards and Provincial Development Boards which will be the consultative and planning forums for development in the rural areas. The Ministry is also responsible for Disaster Risk Management. The Ministry will align to the intent of the Government to promote growth, reduce poverty and address rural to urban drift through the provision of basic social amenities and incentives for increasing incomes from farming and marine resources. The role of the Ministry is to oversee the overall achievement of its vision - "A Better Fiji for All" through building the Integrated Rural Development Framework for productive, progressive, safe and resilient communities in Fiji. This approach will encourage the increased contribution of rural economies to the export sector by improving land utilization and infrastructure development, as well as encouraging domestic production for food security and import substitution.

"From my experiences living in the village in the past years, I’ve noticed and observed the potentials and opportunities...
29/07/2020

"From my experiences living in the village in the past years, I’ve noticed and observed the potentials and opportunities available to our rural communities with the abundance of natural resources." -Assistant Minister for Rural and Maritime Development Hon.Jale Sigarara

"Partnerships and collaboration with other Government Ministries, NGOs, private sector, and development partners are goi...
29/07/2020

"Partnerships and collaboration with other Government Ministries, NGOs, private sector, and development partners are going to be at the heart of radical transformations in the rural areas." -Assistant Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon. Jale Sigarara

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There is so much potentials in rural Fiji but we need to create the environment to be able to tap into these potentials....
29/07/2020

There is so much potentials in rural Fiji but we need to create the environment to be able to tap into these potentials. We are committed to raising standards of living in rural and maritime areas and we will ensure that no one is left behind.

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29/07/2020
Hon.Inia Seruiratu's Response to the 2020/2021 National Budget

RESPONSE TO 2020/2021 NATIONAL BUDGET

Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu's response to the new financial year's budget can be accessed on the following link :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMUR4e4ZSqM&feature=youtu.be

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As most countries across the globe slowly move into recovery phase, respective Governments are not only being tested on how effectively they can address COVI...

29/07/2020
Assistant Minister Hon. Jale Sigarara's Response to the 2020/2021 National Budget

RESPONSE TO 2020/2021 NATIONAL BUDGET

Assistant Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon. Jale Sigarara's response to the new financial year's budget can be accessed on the following link :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTRUBZx-4PY&feature=youtu.be

The merging of the Rural and Maritime Development Ministry and the National Disaster Management Office will bring out efficiency through streamlining of syst...

29/07/2020
Assistant Minister Hon. Vijay Nath's Response to the 2020/2021 National Budget

RESPONSE TO 2020/2021 NATIONAL BUDGET

Assistant Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon. Vijay Nath's response to the new financial year's budget can be accessed on the following link :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8IEGfE3oyQ&feature=youtu.be

The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management has been allocated with $16.6 million for the new financial year. This is apportioned ...

"As most countries across the globe slowly move into recovery phase, respective Governments are not only being tested on...
29/07/2020

"As most countries across the globe slowly move into recovery phase, respective Governments are not only being tested on how effectively they can address COVID-19 but more importantly, on how resilient they are in this recovery phase." - Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu.

The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management has been allocated a sum of $16.6 million for the...
29/07/2020

The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management has been allocated a sum of $16.6 million for the 2020/2021 financial year. Apart from this, Government is also investing heavily into our rural and maritime programmes across all sectors, with $144 million planned to be invested in the rural and maritime sector.

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MEDIA RELEASEThe senior management of the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management have been r...
26/07/2020

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The senior management of the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management have been reminded to work smarter with the allocations the Ministry had been given in the 2020/2021 National Budget.
In addressing members of the Ministry’s Senior Management Board during their recent meeting, Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu said “Whatever comes our way, so be it, work must continue.”
“I’m telling everybody, it’s not about working harder, but it’s about working smarter. Let’s work smart,” he said.
Hon. Seruiratu emphasised the importance of good and structured planning, which could lead to minimising costs, reducing wastage, improved productivity, and achieving better results.
The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management is allocated $16.6million in the 2020/2021 National Budget that was announced last Friday.
Of these, Government has set aside a total of $1.5million to complete projects undertaken under the Public Sector Investment Programme. This includes the completion of the three government stations at Wainikoro, Macuata, Kavala in Kadavu and in Namarai, Ra, and a government quarters in Kubulau, Bua. These new stations will extend government’s physical reach to remote and rural communities and also allow physical access of these communities to services that would usually take a substantial amount of time and money to access.
In the coming financial year, the Ministry has also been allocated $2 million to carry out more rural infrastructure projects under its Community Access Road Footpath and Footbridge (CARFF) programme, while $1million has been set aside for the Ministry’s Self-Help Programme. Under the SHP programme, rural dwellers are assisted in the construction of basic amenities and other small projects. The programme also provides assistance that encourages communities to initiate their socio economic sustainable development projects on a cost sharing basis with government, and by doing so, it aims to instil a sense of community ownership over these initiatives.
Government has also allocated $400,000 to the Ministry in the next financial year to repair and renovate some government quarters through the office of the Divisional Commissioners.

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This afternoon, iTTFB CEO Mr.Aisake Taito presented to the Management Team of the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Develop...
17/07/2020

This afternoon, iTTFB CEO Mr.Aisake Taito presented to the Management Team of the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management on their engagements and projects involving rural Fijians. Building partnerships with our stakeholders is important in progressing rural development in Fiji. 🇫🇯🇫🇯🇫🇯

MEDIA RELEASEOvalau has a lot of potentials that can be utilised to improve rural livelihoods.This was highlighted by Mi...
16/07/2020

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Ovalau has a lot of potentials that can be utilised to improve rural livelihoods.
This was highlighted by Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon.Inia Seruiratu following the conclusion of the two-day tour of the Eastern Division by the Hon. Prime Minister yesterday.
He said Government had undertaken projects in Ovalau and it looked forward to continuation of more developments in the coming financial year.
“I did talk about potentials. Again, this is where the coordination with key agencies is so critical because Ovalau has a lot of resources that can be well utilised to improve the rural communities’ livelihoods and of course contribute to the growth and development of the country,” Hon. Seruiratu said.
Minister Seruiratu and other Cabinet Ministers had accompanied the Hon. PM on his tour.
During the tour, the Government delegation visited rural communities on Ovalau and also met and listened to members of the public about some of their concerns.
There were issues concerning infrastructure developments and improvements, rural electrification, communication, water and environmental issues that were raised during the talanoa sessions.
Hon. Seruiratu said the tour had been “very successful and fruitful”.
“It was an opportunity to visit the projects that have been completed and at the same time, hold discussions with the rural communities and key stakeholders of Ovalau, the business community, the administrators in Levuka and of course Government officials and other stakeholders.”
“We have also had the opportunity to listen to the rural communities. Of course there are issues in regards to Government’s services that need to be addressed and we have given the assurance to them that we will continue to work on the services that need to be improved and of course ensuring that no one is left behind.”
“We have heard the civil servants as well. There were some issues that they did raise that Commissioner Eastern will look into. There are some limitations and constraints in Levuka because of it being a heritage town, but of course the CEO of Levuka Town Council has given his assurance in terms of the facilitation of work, particularly in the renovation of quarters, office buildings and schools. It is very, very critical for the population here in Levuka; the need for more housing because Government is decentralising its services and a lot of Government officials are moving in to Levuka through the various ministries and agencies and they need to be provided with proper housing and offices as well. We will look into their concerns.”
The two-day tour ended yesterday.

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MEDIA RELEASEMinister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu met with Advisory C...
16/07/2020

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Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu met with Advisory Councilors from Lomaiviti in Levuka yesterday to talk on issues and discuss the way forward in the new normal we now live in.
There are presently five Advisory Councilors serving in the Lomaiviti province.
“Consistent to what we have been doing in the previous visits, it’s an opportunity to meet them in person, and of course to understand the issues and follow up on some of their concerns as well,” Hon. Seruiratu said.
“For Levuka, particularly, there are some outstanding issues. From us at the Ministry, we just emphasised the fact that we need to coordinate better, particularly with the office of the Provincial Administrator Lomaiviti and the Office of the Divisional Commissioner Eastern. At the same time we also emphasised on the need to focus on the development opportunities post COVID-19.”
During the meeting, Minister Seruiratu again reiterated that this was a good time to be in rural Fiji.
“We also reiterated the fact that they need to talk to their communities to make the most of the opportunities available to them, not only in terms of social development but economic empowerment as well which is very critical.”
“Lastly, Ovalau and Lomaiviti as a whole were badly affected during Tropical Cyclone Winston and of course when they are undertaking development, we emphasised the need to consider resilience at the core of development.”
Hon. Seruiratu also pleaded with the Advisory Councilors to empower people they served in rural settlements to invest in their homes and also look after the safety and well-being of their local communities.
He had also earlier reminded Advisory Councilors to respect the machinery of Government in place and visit the Divisional Commissioner’s office for any concerns they had.

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For the past two days, Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon.Inia Seruiratu accompanie...
16/07/2020

For the past two days, Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon.Inia Seruiratu accompanied the Hon.Prime Minister to visit Government development projects undertaken on #Ovalau and also held discussions with #rural communities and key stakeholders of #Ovalau - the business community, the administrators in #Levuka and #government officials.🇫🇯

MEDIA RELEASEThe office of the Provincial Administrator Lomaiviti received a major boost yesterday that would assist the...
15/07/2020

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The office of the Provincial Administrator Lomaiviti received a major boost yesterday that would assist them in their work during any future disaster operation.
This was after they received a boat worth $25,000 and an outboard engine from the Minister of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu at Levuka Public School on Ovalau yesterday.
Minister Seruiratu said the boat would not only assist the PA’s Office but all Government agencies based in Levuka, Ovalau.
“Levuka, Ovalau, Lomaiviti being a maritime division, transportation is one of the critical enablers for providing services and that is why we have given the PA Lomaiviti’s office a new boat so they can continue to deliver services,” Hon.Seruiratu said.
“And not only that, most importantly this will help them in reaching out to the people post disasters as well. That is very, very critical so of course this boat will enhance the services provided by the Provincial Administrator’s Office.”
The boat and engine was funded by the Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project implemented through the Pacific Community (SPC).
The project aims to strengthen the capacity of Pacific Island countries to address existing and emerging challenges with regard to the risks posed by natural hazards and related disasters, while at the same time maximising synergies between Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).
The BSRP is a €19.36 million project supported by the European Union and implemented by SPC. The project directly responds to the African Caribbean & Pacific (ACP) group of states and the European Union’s (EU) priorities identified under the 2009 European Union strategy for Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction.
In receiving the donation, PA Lomaiviti Mr. Asesela Biutiviti said the provision of the new boat and engine would enable them to actively monitor and assist those who were affected by any event of natural disaster in the future.
“Our biggest challenge is to reach our areas of responsibility on the islands of Gau, Baitiki, Nairai, Wakaya, Moturiki, Koro and Makogai,” Mr Biutiviti said.
“We are grateful to the BSRP project and SPC for this donation which will assist us in fulfilling our role under the Ministry’s Strategic Priority Area 2 which is our role in coordination in an event of natural disaster.”

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MEDIA RELEASEGovernment wants to ensure that rural Fijians in the Eastern Division are also involved in the development ...
15/07/2020

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Government wants to ensure that rural Fijians in the Eastern Division are also involved in the development processes, says Minister of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu.
Minister Seruiratu is one of the Cabinet Ministers presently accompanying the Prime Minister Hon.Voreqe Bainimarama on his two-day tour of the Eastern Division in Ovalau.
The tour is a continuation of the Hon.PM’s tour of rural areas in the four divisions.
Hon.Seruiratu said this week’s visit was important because Ovalau was “very critical”, being the main center for the islands of Lomaiviti.
“Of course they contribute a lot to the economy as well and help in providing for the livelihoods of the local communities,” he said.
“From the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, we want to ensure that our rural communities enjoy all the benefits and the services provided by Government”
“For this visit, there are a few projects that are to be commissioned, but it is not only about the commissioning of projects. The opportunity to have discussions with all the stakeholders and most importantly looking at the potentials for development in Levuka and Ovalau is important as well.”
He said the visit to Ovalau was also an opportunity for the Hon. PM and the Cabinet Ministers to interact with the people and share with them the development plans that were in place for Ovalau and the Lomaiviti province.
“As Minister responsible for rural development, the Eastern Division has a lot of challenges particularly because of its geographical layout but that does not mean that Government has neglected its responsibility. We want to ensure that they are involved, not only in terms of the projects but of course in the development processes as well and that’s why it’s important that their voices are heard and their issues addressed as well.”
The Government delegation which was led by the Hon. PM arrived on Ovalau yesterday. As part of yesterday’s programme, the Hon. PM handed over the Yavusa Waidau freehold land titles at Navuloa Village before officially commissioning the Levuka Public School’s boys hostel.
The tour ends today.

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Earlier today, Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon.Inia Seruiratu and other Cabinet ...
15/07/2020

Earlier today, Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon.Inia Seruiratu and other Cabinet Ministers accompanied the Hon.Prime Minister to Viro Village on Ovalau for the commissioning of their village seawall. The Ministry is committed to ensuring that all of #ruralFiji have access to Government's development programmes and services. Today's seawall commissioning is a testament of this commitment by Government. 🇫🇯🙌❤

This morning Commissioner Eastern Division Mr.Vitale Varo welcomed the Hon.Prime Minister to Ovalau where he will commis...
14/07/2020

This morning Commissioner Eastern Division Mr.Vitale Varo welcomed the Hon.Prime Minister to Ovalau where he will commission development projects and also meet with ordinary Fijians. Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon.Inia Seruiratu is also accompanying the Head of Government on his two-day visit to the Old Capital of Fiji.

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The Commissioner Eastern Division, Mr.Vitale Varo and Divisional Planning Officer Eastern Mr.Inoke Tuiwainunu arrived on...
12/07/2020

The Commissioner Eastern Division, Mr.Vitale Varo and Divisional Planning Officer Eastern Mr.Inoke Tuiwainunu arrived on Ovalau yesterday ahead of the Hon.Prime Minister's visit tomorrow. This morning Mr.Varo met with Heads of Departments of various Government ministries and organisations at the Government Station in Levuka where he was briefed about Government's operations here at the Old Capital. 🇫🇯🇫🇯🇫🇯

MEDIA RELEASESUVA - More than 60 water projects have been implemented in rural communities across all four divisions in ...
10/07/2020

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SUVA - More than 60 water projects have been implemented in rural communities across all four divisions in the current financial year. The projects were completed under the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development’s Self-Help Programme (SHP). Of these, 26 were implemented in the Northern Division, 24 in the Western Division, 13 in the Central and 2 in the Eastern Division.
Access to safe and clean drinking water for all Fijians is a critical issue as this is stipulated under the bill of rights in the 2013 Fijian Constitution.
The water projects carried out by the Ministry comprised of water pump projects, village water projects, provision of water tanks and others.
These projects were undertaken in line with the intentions of Government to ensure all Fijians in rural areas have the same level of access to essential services and economic opportunities as anywhere else in the country.
It is also aligned with Government’s commitment in its 5 –Year and 20-Year National Development Plan to ensure that at least 90% of the population has access to clean and safe water in adequate quantities by 2021.
Speaking at the recent commissioning of the Mataniwai Village water project in Macuata, Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Maritime Development Hon. Inia Seruiratu reiterated every Fijian deserved to have access to good water drinking sources. Such projects will also help reduce the risks of water borne diseases that can be fatal such as leptospirosis.
He has also assured that Fijians in rural areas would not be exempted from these intentions of Government through allocations for the Self-Help Programme.
In this regard, the Ministry intends to continue with similar projects in the next financial year.

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The Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development is mandated to establish an Integrated Development Structure at Divisional level to effectively manage the coordination and implementation of development in Fiji's rural sector in line with the national direction of the Government for Rural and Outer Islands Development. In doing so, the Ministry is responsible for the establishment of Divisional Development Boards and Provincial Development Boards which will be the consultative and planning forums for development in the rural areas. The Ministry will align to the intent of the Government to promote growth, reduce poverty and address rural to urban drift through the provision of basic social amenities and incentives for increasing incomes from farming and marine resources. The role of the Ministry is to oversee the overall achievement of its vision - "A Better Fiji for All" through building the Integrated Rural Development Framework for productive, progressive, safe and resilient communities in Fiji. This approach will encourage the increased contribution of rural economies to the export sector by improving land utilization and infrastructure development, as well as encouraging domestic production for food security and import substitution.

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