Government has a clear vision for a modern and dynamic Fiji – but to make it a reality; we need to work together to deliver to our people modern, reliable and resilient infrastructure.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Waterways, Dr Mahendra Reddy while opening the 2018 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Summit 2018 at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi today.
“The Fijian Government is committed to providing water and sanitation access to all ordinary Fijians no matter where they live,” he said.
“Fiji has come a long way and we are now holistically addressing our water issues by also addressing wastewater, sanitation and hygiene.”
Currently, 78 per cent of Fiji’s population (135,498 households) have access to proper water supply while 25 per cent (43,281 households) of the population have access to central sewerage systems.
“We have learnt from our past and have continued moving together towards the future with a view of fostering partnerships, collaborations and dialogue,” Minister Reddy said.
“We must pull our resources together and address this most important task of ensuring that our people have access to clean water, safe sanitation and good quality of life as stated in our Constitution.”
Government has allocated a budget of $413m in 2017 – 2018 for the implementation of WASH projects and programmes within the various Ministries. This is an increase from $376m for the period 2016 – 2017.
The Summit will allow for robust deliberations on the way forward for Fiji in achieving its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal 6 and Targets 6.1 focusing on drinking water; 6.2 focusing on sanitation and hygiene and 6.3 on wastewater and water quality.