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EQUAL BENEFIT FOR FIJI LANDOWNERS

Fiji Governmentis committed to ensuring that individual members of landowning units receive an equal and fair share of all income generated from iTaukei land.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who is also the chairman of the ITaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) today made this comment during the opening of a Strategic Panning workshop 2014 – 2016 at the Warwick Resort and Spa.

PM Bainimarama said owners of customary land and customary fishing grounds are entitled to receive a fair share of the royalty with respect to any minerals extracted from their customary land and fishing ground.

“All Mataqali members must have equal access and benefit to the proceeds from the Mataqali land leases,” PM Bainimarama said.

“Protection for landowners through protection of ownership and now a requirement to have fair and equitable rent paid to land owners compliments the constitutional protection for the rights and interests of land lessees and tenants. No law must diminish or adversely affect those rights and interests. Lessees and tenants also have the right not to have their leases and tenancies arbitrarily and illegally terminated.”

TLTB general manager, Alipate Qetaki said reforms within TLTB structures would continue to ensure government’s role as guardians of iTaukei land.

“The reforms that began a few years ago will continue and as PM Bainimarama stated, we will continue to ensure our role as guardians of iTaukei land,” he said.

“The Government and landowners expectations are high and this workshop will assist us on how the TLTB can focus better on its core role as the “Trustee” for all iTaukei landowners in Fiji.”

Mr Qetaki said that under the 2013 Constitution, TLTB clearly needs to make a paradigm shift to truly create and enhance opportunities for the landowners and by natural extension to all other Fijians.

He added that the TLTB expects to fully commence the equal distribution of lease money from the beginning of next year.

Currently, 91 per cent of the land in the country is owned by the ITaukei.