FRAs Management Approach
FRA pro-actively maintains, plans and develops the road network to meet Fiji’s immediate and long term needs
FRA has been given the task of developing a road network which meets the needs of a developing Fiji. Our approach is to focus on two core activities:
- Maintaining the road network to keep it in the desired condition
- Expanding and developing the network to meet tomorrows needs
Maintenance is planned and pro-active. Otherwise, the safety and reliability of the network declines rapidly, or costs spiral out of control. FRA is committed to recovering from the previous decline of the network and getting ahead of the deterioration by carrying out a systematic and routine maintenance programme.
This is standard international practice and is proven to be the only way to bring long term costs under control and provide a safe and reliable network.
We are also engaging in a massive programme of building new roads and widening existing ones. This will provide extra capacity for economic growth as well as connecting isolated parts of the country to economic and social opportunity.
The principles of infrastructure asset management outline the following hierarchy for consideration when developing investment strategies for public infrastructure assets.
- Emergency Work
- Renewal, reconstruction or replacement of existing assets’
- New assets with demonstrable return on investment
- New assets driven by social, environmental, political, cultural imperatives
The basic premise is that an asset owner should, over the long term, invest sufficiently in the existing asset base to sustain it. Following this it is acknowledged that ‘lead infrastructure’ investments by Governments can create the economic development head room to allow the economy to grow. This pays itself back over time and the growing economy allows investment in projects that are much needed, but do not have economic rates of return in their own right. These projects allow social and economic connectedness to greater proportions of the nation and can assist in slowing rates of urbanisation etc. which can place greater burdens on other areas of Government spending and resources.