Weather Fiji, Suva   Max 30°C, Min 23°C

Fiji Sun

SUNBIZ

EU and Australian Government handover project equipment to FSC

EU and Australian Government handover project equipment to FSC
L-R FSC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Graham Clark, European Union (EU) Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Mr Andrew Jacobs, Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji, Ms Margaret Twomey with APTC CEO Denise O' Brien at the FSC Head Quatters during the hand over of equipment valued at approximately F$330,000 to FSC yesterday. PHOTO: KATHRIN KRISHNA
August 29
11:00 2017

The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs and Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey yesterday handed over equipment valued at approximately $330,000 to Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC).

The equipment was handed over on behalf of the Training Support to the Fijian Sugarcane Industry project, marking the completion of the four-year project.

 The assets were part of the EU-funded Training Support to the Fijian Sugarcane Industry project implemented by the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) to improve the livelihoods of the sugarcane dependent populations, by promoting income generation through sugarcane farming or alternative livelihoods.

 The equipment included vehicles, hand and electrical tools, training resources, computers, projectors, as well as other office equipment.

 European Union ambassador Andrew Jacobs said the Training Support to the Fijian Sugarcane Industry had been part of the longstanding assistance that the EU had been providing to the sugar sector in Fiji, amounting to about FJ $119 million to date.

 ”The European Union is proud to have supported this initiative. Partnering with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australia-Pacific Technical College(APTChas proved highly effective in empowering and enhancing the capacities and skills of people in the sugar sector,” Mr Jacobs said.

“The assets handed over to the FSC today will not only better equip the FSC to provide effective advisory services to farming communities, but also help it to sustain skills development and learning for the entire industry workers.”

Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Ms Margaret Twomey said that she was delighted that Australia’s partnership with the EU had been successful in helping Fijians in the sugar belt areas.  

FSC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Graham Clark extended his appreciation to the EU and the Australian Government, and said that the up skilling of its workforce had brought about operational improvement as FSC continued to drive the organisation forward.

 “The challenge will be for our staff to put into practice all that they have learned,” Mr Calrk said.

 He added that FSC would ensure it maximised the use of training equipment in training and development of its staff.

“Most of the equipment will be used at its new training centre which is nearing completion and the others will be used at the mills,” he added.

The delegates at the handover ceremony were provided a tour of the new FSC Training Centre that is near completion.   

The EU contributed F$550,000 for the construction of this new building which will enable FSC and other sugarcane industry stakeholders to access modern facilities for future training opportunities to enhance the work carried out by APTC through the project.

Feedback: kathrin.krishna@fijisun.com.fj

Related Articles

you said it
"I support it 200 percent, I am with FRU, the country and the people of Fiji. We want to bid to get one of the HSBC stops in Fiji."
Waisale Serevi
Sevens Legend

Like Us On Facebook

Fijisun Online @Instagram