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NEW REGULATIONS OPEN UP HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR THOUSANDS OF FIJIANS

New regulations, enacted this week by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, make housing assistance available to thousands of FNPF members who live on communally-owned land, supporting Government’s policy to give ordinary Fijians greater access to housing.

“Providing access to housing is one of my Government’s top priorities,” said the Prime Minister. “This new policy will allow thousands of Fijians the opportunity to build a new home or renovate an existing one,” he said.

The “Fiji National Provident Fund (Housing Finance Assistance) Regulations” allow an FNPF member who lives on any communally-owned land to apply for assistance to construct, renovate, or extend his or her house.

Previously, this housing assistance was available only to those FNPF members who lived within the boundaries of an iTaukei village as defined by the iTaukei Affairs Act, excluding Fijians wanting to build a home on communally-owned land outside of the village-proper, as well as Fijians living in non-iTaukei villages.

“Now, under these new regulations, housing assistance will be available to all Fijians who live on any piece of land that is communally owned, or owned in partnership with others,” said the Prime Minister.

“Not only does this policy support Government’s goal of access to housing for all Fijians, it is also in line with the right to housing provided for by the 2013 Constitution,” he said.

The housing assistance scheme allows an FNPF member to withdraw funds from his or her FNPF account to renovate, extend or construct a house that is occupied – or will be occupied – by that member.

PM LIFTS AGRICULTURAL MORATORIUM

Prime Minister Bainimarama has lifted the moratorium on agricultural land to allow ordinary Fijians the option to use agricultural land for other productive purposes, including the option to build new homes.

“Fijians will now be able to apply to convert agricultural land for residential, commercial or industrial use,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister cited Fiji’s urban growth as an area where Fijians will benefit from his Government’s decision to lift the moratorium.

“With the growth of our towns and cities, surrounding land is best utilised for residential, commercial or industrial use, and now Fijians will have the freedom to take advantage of this,” he said.

The Prime Minister also pointed out that there are many Fijians who currently live on agricultural land who are unable to build new homes for themselves and their families.

“These individuals will now be able to build new homes and receive a legal title, greatly enhancing their sense of security.”

However, the Prime Minister stressed that the decision to lift the moratorium would in no way threaten the amount of land available for agricultural.

“Through my Government’s initiative, the Committee for the Better Utilisation of Land (CBUL), more agricultural leases than ever are now being renewed and there is and will remain a very large pool of land available for agricultural.”

The Prime Minister said that if land is used productively, then everyone wins.

“The value of land will increase as it becomes available for productive use, allowing landowners to achieve a higher rate of return. Access to permanent housing will increase for ordinary Fijians. And there will be more opportunities for investors. “

Fijian Prime Minister Bainimarama Opens New Homes