Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said there was a need to review the planning law. [Source: World Atlas]

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said there was a need to review the planning law.

Speaking on the i-Taukei Case’s Nai Lalakai program on Radio Fiji One, Bainimarama said the law came into effect in 1946 and no longer meets the current development needs of cities.

He says that a change in the law will eventually encourage investment.

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“We have seen changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, so there is a need to change some laws to help us align with development to help us recover from the pandemic. The law needs to change to fit today’s development.

Bainimarama admits that certain sections of the laws are now obstacles to what the authorities want to achieve.

“We need changes and it’s hard to do because of the old laws that are still in place. We need to further develop our towns and cities but we cannot because of all these laws. We can’t expand the city limits, we can’t further develop parts of the cities.

Consultations are ongoing and Fijians are encouraged to contribute.

The government allowed 14 days for submissions.