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Singapore’s 'Father of Urban Planning' to spearhead government’s concept master planning project for Suva, Nadi and Lautoka

Singapore’s 'Father of Urban Planning' to spearhead government’s concept master planning project for Suva, Nadi and Lautoka

By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 25/06/2019
Veteran architect Liu Thai Ker [Photo: Straits Times]

Singapore’s “Father of Urban Planning” - Doctor Liu Thai Ker who is the Chairman of Morrow Architects and Planners will be in Fiji later this week to meet the Minister for Local Government, Premila Kumar and other leaders in urban development.

He has been engaged by the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise to spearhead the Fijian government’s concept master planning project for the greater Suva, Nadi and Lautoka.

Doctor Liu met with Attorney‑General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum yesterday.

In their meeting Doctor Liu briefed the Attorney General on the status of the urban planning project, and proposed recommendations regarding long‑term urban development and planning for the greater Suva, Nadi and Lautoka areas.

Sayed-Khaiyum says there is a critical need to change the way we view our urban centres and to plan for the long term.

He says we all need to do so to not only mitigate the decades of disorganised planning, but to build cities and towns now with a plan that caters for the next 50 to 70 years.

The Attorney General is in Singapore to attend and participate in the Asia Pacific ICT Ministerial meeting and the Straits Digital Exchange and to chair a World Bank and IMF Joint Remuneration Committee meeting.

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