(b) To halt the deterioration trend and reduce the value of deferred maintenance and deferred renewals.
(c) To develop capacity and capability at all levels of the Roading industry such that Fijians are ultimately able to be appointed to any role within the FRA, Principal Engineering Services Provider or Maintenance.
Fiji Roads Authority is the organisation responsible for planning, developing and maintaining Fiji’s $11billion road infrastructure. The infrastructure primarily consists of approximately 7600km of road, 1200 bridges, 9000+ streetlights and 47 jetties
FRA operates as a body corporate governed under the leadership of a board. FRA manages the roading assets primarily through out-sourced contracts with the private sector. The exception to this is certain maintenance work carried out by Municipal Councils and the management of roads on the Outer Islands which are administered by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development under a MoU with FRA.
Better transport infrastructure is essential for Fiji’s development
The success of Fiji’s development is dependent on infrastructure that is reliable enough to encourage people and businesses to invest in the future. Reliability means that the service being delivered by the infrastructure is consistently available without interruption. Infrastructure standards are largely driven by the need for reliability.
This road network is the probably the most valuable built asset Fiji owns. Years of investment and effort have gone into building up over 7,000 kms of roads and 1,200 bridges and jetties. If this massive infrastructure system is going to serve Fiji’s future development needs, then two things have to be done:
- Improve the safety and reliability of the existing network; and
- Expand the network to provide the capacity for sustained growth.
The core element of this infrastructure is the road network. It provides the means for the movement of people and goods between businesses and local and international markets. Roads enable people to get to jobs, education and health facilities. Without reliable transport these vital connections will remain fragile and Fiji’s development will be constrained.