The Ministry of Lands recently wrapped up public consultations in the Western division regarding State lessees, and handed out agricultural leases in parts of the division.
Lands Minister, Faiyaz Koya said many understood that the security of land ownership bought possibilities of endless personal prosperity and chances to accumulate wealth.
“So, through receiving your leases, I trust and hope that you are on your way to ensuring the success of your families through suitable avenues, which only you are familiar with,” he told agricultural lease recipients in Rakiraki.
“We are also here to listen to thoughts and issues and listen to all views that may amicably transition the entire process of the State land lessees. There is a lot of work being done by the Ministry behind the scenes and if there is any hindrance to progress, I ask that you bear with us.”
Koya said complaints raised at the public consultations would be processed, with a return trip to inform concerned parties of results.
In a span of two days, the Lands Ministry handed out a total of about 200 leases, with 99 being agricultural, 7 residential and 11 approval notices in Rakiraki. A further 83 leases were handed out in Lautoka, Nadi and Sigatoka.
Koya reminded recipients of the importance of adhering to lease agreements. Legislation will also soon be underway to reform town planning, land tenancy and the subdivision of land. This was outlined by President, Jioji Konrote while opening Parliament earlier this week.
He said several legal reforms, commercial reforms to spur and improve development, encourage business and provide commercial and financial opportunities will be underway by the Government, which is presently in its last Parliamentary session, ahead of General Elections next year.
“The agenda includes legislation governing traditional knowledge and culture, patents, industrial designs and trademarks,” the President said.
He added that Parliament would deal with changes in public health protection and quarantine. The financial reforms will cover credit unions, consumer credit, bankruptcy, tariffs and duties, and financial management.
Acts that will be reviewed include the Financial Management Act, the Consumer Credit Act, the Security Industry Act, the Stamp Duties Act, the Customs Act, the Customs Tariff Act, the Land Transport Act, the Sale of Goods Act, the Bankruptcy Act and the Police Act.
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