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More Training Opportunities

More Training Opportunities
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar (middle) with officials of the Republic of Indonesia and the trainees at the official closing of a Seashell Craft Training in Suva. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation
September 26
01:32 2015

The upcoming National Women’s Expo next month would provide many training opportunities on new skills for women, says Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar.

This would be achieved through the strengthened bilateral relations between Fiji and Republic of Indonesia.

Through collaboration between the two countries, the Indonesian Embassy had recently facilitated a week-long training in Suva on developing seashell handicraft.

The training conducted by an Indonesian trainer enabled 25 participants from Fiji to acquire the skills of making handicrafts, jewelry and table lamps using seashells and fish scales.

Minister Akbar acknowledged the Indonesian government for its partnership in creating economic empowerment opportunities for women in Fiji.

“The trainees will also have the opportunity to showcase handicraft at the National Women’s Expo at the Vodafone Arena in Suva from October 14 to 16. More than 600 women artisans, who have been selected from the divisional craft shows, will be participating at the expo. Through the Fiji and Indonesia exchange programme, more training opportunities would be provided at the expo, particularly in the areas of value- adding and making handicraft using local materials,” Minister Akbar said.

Ambassador for the Republic of Indonesia, Gary RM Jusuf said Indonesia looked forward to strengthened collaboration with Fiji.

“We have already provided training programmes in areas of seaweed products, coconut and bamboo crafting, producing fish crackers and flour using local resources.

“There is an abundance of seashells in Fiji therefore people can produce a wide range of handicraft from seashells and that can be sold to the tourists and hotels in Fiji.

“This is just the beginning, Indonesia is delighted to offer more training programmes in Fiji; we are especially excited about our participation in Fiji’s National Women’s Expo this year,” Mr Jusuf said.

Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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