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MV Brianna Brings Lau Women For Expo

MV Brianna Brings Lau Women For Expo
MV Brianna at Suva Port.
June 21
11:00 2017

The MV Brianna brought 12 women from Southern Lau to be part of the 2017 Women’s Expo that was held at the Vodafone Arena from 14 to 16 June.

Victoria Marine Limited human resource manager Akuila Kaci said “12 women from Southern Lau, the Ministry of Women paid for their fare at $110.00 x 12 = $1,320.00 (Lau -Suva) and for their return, we hope that they will go back in our same vessel after the Expo.”

He said that these women would not be leaving on the 20th trip back to the Lau Group because the trip was bound for the Northern Lau – Cicia and Vanuabalavu.

The list of names provided by Victoria Marine Limited are – Leba Usa – Nasau village, Moce; Mereani Cagi – Nasau, Moce; Salaiwai Vosataki, Temoi Latu – Korotolu village, Moce; Vosa Kotobalavu – Komo village,  Kabara; Mele Vakatalei- Namuka village, Kabara; Lomani Kaci, Salia village  Nayau; Vanaisa Tauyavu – Salia village, Nayau; Makereta Qoli- Liku village, Nayau, Mereani Macawa- Narocivo village, Nayau, Loata Colati- Waiqori village, Oneata and  Mere Taoba- Vanuavatu.

These women according to the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa were part of the 500 who were selected by experts from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Fiji Arts Council to participate at the 3rd National Women’s Expo.

Ms Vuniwaqa said the National Women’s Expo began in 2014 with approximately 2000 women as participants. With a rationalized aim to boost quality and meeting accreditation standards, we partnered with the Fiji Arts Council and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to bring the best of the best through divisional craft shows in 2015 and Provincial Craft Shows in 2017, with up to 600 and 500 women selected to participate in the National event respectively.

According to the Minister a major highlight of the event has been the licensing of the 51 women artisans with the ‘Fijian Crafted’ certification which took place this morning.

With another 31 artisans having received provisional licenses, it gives me great satisfaction that the aim of the National Women’s Expo has been achieved well.  The unofficial sales records for the three days up to 4pm Friday she said was $367,565.35.



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