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The Government of President Taneti Maamau has set itself an ambitious plan to ‘become the Singapore or Dubai’ of the Pacific, in its Kiribati Vision 20 (KV20).
This plan, dubbed the ‘Quantum Leap’ development targets fisheries and tourism as priority sectors to accelerate economic growth for the island nation of just over 100,000 population.
“Our vision is for Kiribati to participate fully in its fisheries industry. Our vision is for Kiribati to be a world class eco-friendly travellers’ destination. Our vision is to implement tangible projects in these sectors within the next three years, said President Maamau while launching the Quantum Leap Week in the capital, Tarawa.
He said critics will think it’s ambitious, but the President is confident it is achievable.
“We believe these are achievable if we invest our resources and energy towards these targets.”
The KV20 recognises strategic investment in Kiribati’s human, natural and cultural capital.
“Underpinning all of these is infrastructure development, land use plan, governance and strategic partnership which are critical foundations for investment. Our commitments in education and health are already moving, and many more to come. Critical services like Communication, Transport, Energy and Banking are also required to move in tandem.
“We believe that Kiribati can become the Singapore or Dubai of the Pacific through quantum leap development in these sectors.
“This is our grand opportunity to take charge of our own destiny. We invite you to take a leap with us in our development, said President Maamau.
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