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Focus On Forms, Halabe Urges Applicants

Focus On Forms, Halabe Urges Applicants
Mark Halabe
July 06
11:10 2015

Mark Halabe, the winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards, has urged 2015 award applicants to pay attention to detail when applying.

Mr Halabe is the managing director of Mark One Apparel and won the prestigious award in time when his company was celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Speaking from judging some other past business awards, he said he noted those filling in the forms did not seem to quite understand the important things to fill in.

He said application forms were meant to impress the judges.

“So when you do fill in those forms, do a great job when you present it,” Mr Halabe said.

He addressed guests on Friday about what the award means as a past winner.

This was as the 2015 awards were officially launched by the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya.

“The winners get to feel that they are helping out the economy and that they are doing a great job to be the best in the economy,” he said.

“You are also being globally-recognised and that’s a great feeling.

“I encourage you to apply and feel the happiness you will receive on that night and I thank Investment Fiji for setting up the event.”



Mr Halabe has envisaged that in 10 to 20 years, there will be close to 20,000 people employed in the garment industry in Fiji.

These employees, he believes, will be exporting well over $500 million worth of garments annually.

He is also hopeful these businesses would be likely to win every Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards at the moment.

“There is not one industrialised nation on earth that has not had the garment industry as part of its economic growth,” he said.

Mr Halabe noted that throughout the 22 years of the awards being held, the garment industry has had five winners within these years.

The date and venue of the event has not been finalised yet but it is usually held in November.




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