$10m Investment Brings Relief Despite Pandemic


The timely $10 million investment by Grace Road Group in Nawaicoba, Nadi during this pandemic has been acknowledged by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Officiating at the opening of the Grace Field service station recently, PM Bainimarama stated that of all the towns and cities in Fiji there is no place where Fijians can feel the crunch of the COVID-19 pandemic like in the West.

“Nadi is also the hub of Fijian tourism, and it is thriving local economy that employs tens of thousands of Fijians, including in surrounding areas like Nawaicoba. However due to the travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, this great gateway is closed. So, we are especially proud to celebrate this new hub of local economic activity.

“The construction of this new complex supported 40 jobs in construction. With its doors opened, it is providing steady employment for the staff in these stores. But we know this complex is more than its physical structure, today it also stands as a mighty sign of confidence in this division’s future; confidence that this local economy will not only roar back to life, but comeback stronger than ever.

“We look to our partners in the private sector to help us write that story of Fiji’s economic recovery. By taking opportunities for investments and development today, you position yourselves for success the day this pandemic eventually loses its strangle-hold on the world economy. “But let me be clear: even an economic crisis like COVID-19 is no excuse for complacency. We expect development in our country to always meet high standards. We expect our partners in the private sector to play by the rules, respect our laws, and act in good faith. “When we do, together, we can do great things; we can build great things – even with our borders virtually closed, we can celebrate the great confidence we share in our future.”

PM Bainimarama highlighted that there is much to be said about the sophistication of the beautifully integrated service complex. “With a supermarket, petrol station, service station, and restaurant all rolled into one, this is the sort of modern, functional, and attractive space we love to see in Fiji.

“But especially so in the surrounding communities of our more urban areas, such as Nawaicoba, where we are steadily looking to land more development that makes these communities better, safer, and more fulfilling places to call home.

Prime Minister Bainimarama also called on companies and entrepreneurs to start seeking innovative ways to better serve their customers.