October 27, 2016 9:07 am

Lands ministry plans changes to improve services

The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources is undertaking an internal Organisational Restructure exercise to improve its service delivery to the public. The Minister of Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Hon. Faiyaz Koya assured members of the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) at a breakfast event in Suva today that they […]

The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources is undertaking an internal Organisational Restructure exercise to improve its service delivery to the public.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Hon Faiyaz Koya at the Fiji Chamber of Commerce Breakfast yesterday.
Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Hon Faiyaz Koya at the Fiji Chamber of Commerce Breakfast yesterday.

The Minister of Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Hon. Faiyaz Koya assured members of the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) at a breakfast event in Suva today that they are strengthening the Lands and Mineral Resource systems and processes.

“We have strengthened our systems and processes by improving our working platform through legislative reviews, policy reviews, strengthening of application development and promoting staff capacity building,” Minister Koya said.

He added that these reforms were undertaken to elevate and improve management of Lands and Minerals and at the same time have the right balance between economic development and sustainable environment.

“I am entering this role with a strong will to improve service delivery for our customers, ordinary people and investors, alike.”

He said that given the extent and nature of the natural resources administered by the Ministry from land to minerals to foreshore, it is important that the ministry strengthens its web of the network within government and outside to extend its implementation and monitoring arm.

“This cooperation with relevant stakeholders will not achieve its aim without a set of cohesive policies and laws which strengthen the institution of State Land administration, mining and foreshore development.”

Minister Koya said the ministry would continue the reviews of its relevant Legislations and Policies and the Formulation of a Land Valuation Act to regulate valuation practices and property market.