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India Gives $3.6m To Govt’s Micro, Small Business Grants

India Gives $3.6m To Govt’s  Micro, Small Business Grants
Chief guest and. India's Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (Ret) Dr Vijay Singh have the time of live as women reciepients to the Fiji India assistance scheme dancew with him during the cheque handout at Albert Park in Suva on May 26th, 2017. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga
May 27
16:03 2017

India has given $3.6million towards the Government’s Micro and Small Business grant scheme.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday thanked the Indian Government for its assistance.

He said the Indian government was known for helping grassroots movements, through civil society and Non-Government Organisations in Fiji and other nations.

He said the commitment was possible through the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. He had made a pledge to assist the micro-enterprise grant.

Indian Minster of State for External Affairs General (Ret’d) Vijay Kumar Singh presented the cheque to help the scheme. He said India and Fiji enjoyed a very close and cordial bilateral relations.

The relations had strengthened over the years and had become a people to people relationship.

“I am happy that the leadership in Fiji has been able to make a mark in assisting its people.

“Today another $3.6 million cheque has been given.”

Meanwhile, 923 people received their grant at the Albert Park Pavilion and Ground in Suva yesterday.

One example: Fifty-four year old Asinate Drauyawakama runs a screen printing business in her village in Dakuinuku, Sawakasa, Tailevu.

She also works with the Naveivueti Womens Club. With the grant she aims to employ young mothers and women for her business as a source of income for the women.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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