Tappoo Shopping Complex a symbol of hope for a better future: PM
Tappoocity Lautoka will be a symbol of a better future for every resident of this wonderful city, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. He made the comment moments before the ceremonial breaking of ground at the foundation site of the TappooCity Lautoka complex. “I want to say first of all how delighted I am to be here in Lautoka to launch something that is going to be such a big boost for the city and its entire people,” said Mr. Bainimarama. He said overall, there was much anticipation that the TappooCity Lautoka complex would greatly improve the shopping experience of Fiji’s sugar capital. He added that this new development, which was “approved by Cabinet following a transparent selection process,” would be a wonderful addition to the city. “Anyone who has been fortunate enough to visit TappooCity in Suva knows what it has done for our capital city,” said Mr. Bainimarama. “It’s not just a world class shopping experience and a jewel in the retail crown of Suva. It has done a huge amount to lift the overall tone and image of the capital.”Mr. Bainimarama said although Lautoka had been eclipsed by Nadi in some ways, the city remained one of the nicest places in Fiji to live in.
Tappoo Group is corporate role model, says PM
Formalities begin with a prayer of thanksgiving and dedication.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama greets members of the public who were eager to meet him.
A wide cross-section of Fiji’s community attended the ground-breaking ceremony.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama congratulates Tappoo Group chairman Kanti Tappoo after the ceremonial breaking of ground at the location of the proposed complex.
FIJI needs more corporate role models like Tappoo who are willing to contribute to the vision of putting Fiji first and making Fiji great. This was among the accolades that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama expressed in his address as chief guest at the ground-breaking ceremony of TappooCity Lautoka on November 19.
While applauding the Tappoo Group for undertaking yet another major investment in Fiji, he expressed deep gratitude to the Tappoo family for their stalwart confidence in Fiji.
“I’d like to pay tribute today to the Tappoo family and thank them for their contribution to Fiji over the years,” he said.
“They are not only a great example to the rest of the business community about the value of Fijian investment in our economy and the returns that can be made.”
The origins of the Tappoo family’s entrepreneurship date back to 1941 when Tappoo Kanji, the father and grandfather
of the Group’s directors, began retailing gold jewelry, most of which were personally crafted, in Sigatoka. Mr. Bainimarama said his Government valued the Tappoo Group’s investment and confidence in Fiji greatly.
The Group is among the best of Fiji’s corporate citizens, added Mr. Bainimarama.
It is among the “Gold Card holders at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority for their exemplary tax compliance”.
“I especially want to thank them on behalf of every Fijian for the jobs they have created and their contribution to numerous charitable causes through the Tappoo Foundation,” said Mr. Bainimarama.
More than 1,300 people are employed by the Tappoo Group. Mr. Bainimarama also noted that the Group’s full range of business activities involved several sectors of the economy.
He said this was an “impressive performance” by any standards.