“The impact of our actions, the boldness of our decisions and the strength of our cooperation at this Forum and beyond will determine whether those urban centers emerge as engines of sustainable development, or bastions of inequity and climate vulnerability. “
This was the statement made by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while officiating at the 5th Pacific Urban Forum at Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi this morning.
Bainimarama says the pressure of rural to urban drift is easing and the need to adapt cities remains as pressing as ever.
“In Fiji, that is why we’re bringing the security and conveniences of city life directly to our rural areas, extending services, high quality infrastructure and opportunity to these communities that allow their residents to lead safe and fulfilling lives where they already live, and where they’d generally prefer to remain.”
Urban expansion also comes with challenges and Bainimarama says listening to Fijians who live in urban areas and adopting to international best practices and standards is important.
The delegates have been urged to come up with tangible outcomes from the forum that ends tomorrow.