The villagers of Silana in Dawasamu, Tailevu yesterday acknowledged the Fijian Government for its commitment to the people.

This is after Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Hon. Faiyaz Koya officiated at the opening of the Babale bures – an Eco-Tourism project by the Silana Youths.

“The Silana youth eco-tourism project is an example of how a group can work together for the betterment of their community. And yes, the group play a crucial role in ensuring that the growth is sustainable,” Minister Koya said.

“The Fijian Government believes that the most effective way to economically empower rural youth, is to identify what they do best and provide them the necessary support to achieve that vision.”

The four Bures opened today are currently occupied by Global Vision International and ensures a steady income of $3, 333 per month. The income is used for development in the village, education of the children and savings are kept at the Unit Trust of Fiji.

The Bures will become a tourist accommodation after three years.

The total cost of the Silana Youth Project was $144, 399 whereas the Fijian Government contributed $53, 771 and the community contributed $90, 627.

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