The wait is now over for many vendors as Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama cut the ribbon today to officially open the new Nasinu – Laqere Market.
Bainimarama said even in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, farmers will still produce quality food and vegetables.
Funded by Government to the tune of $7.2M, the new open market is a chance for vendors to embrace the future of Fijian commerce by establishing a permanent presence in the brand- new maket place.
Prime Minister- Voreqe Bainimarama says that they’re commissioning more
than a new centre of commerce for Nasinu, they’re passing the latest
mile-marker on the road towards a more advanced Fijian economy.
The new market place contains 459 vendor stalls, 12 kiosks and three
It also comes with ample room to expand parking in the future.
The new market is also designed that it will cater all Fijians, even
those that a living with disabilities.
Many of the vendors that are occupying the new market were accustomed to
selling their goods in the informal roadside stalls within the Nasinu Municipal
These were dangerous places to work and times, most of these vendors had to sleep in their own stalls just to keep their goods and produce from being stolen.
Vendors Titilia Cavora and Mereani Bati have been selling for more than 10 years and they are happy with what new market has to offer.
Vineshwar Chand and Mereani Galo are new to this business.
They hope that it will provide the best platform to earn some income.
The Prime Minister also urges Fijians to press on-wards and lead the world towards the ”new normal” of living, creating and sustaining livelihoods and doing business.