Business

Students learn from Fijian business

By RANOBA BAOA Logologofolau David was one of 34 students from Wallis and Futuna, here in Fiji doing internship in VinodPatel and Company Ltd for the last next three weeks.
07 Oct 2012 10:05

By RANOBA BAOA

Logologofolau David was one of 34 students from Wallis and Futuna, here in Fiji doing internship in VinodPatel and Company Ltd for the last next three weeks.
The 20-year-old from Fiji’s closest French territorial state, Wallis and Futuna, studies business in WallisHigh School.
He said he hopes to apply what he has learned from the internship to his island country.
“I like it here in Fiji. I like this internship because I learn and experience, because in my countryit is different. We have different practices (business).
The students who speak little or no English are accompanied by three other instructors from theirschool.
They are here to apply and do a report on business practice and ethics in Fiji and compare thesewith that of their country.
“I want to be a businessman and be director of my shop. To run hardware shop like this one,” Mr David said.
“In Fiji, itis easy to set up a business because there are more customers and in Wallis there are less inhabitantsand business is less developed.
“I want to learn from here (Vinod Patel) and apply the practices in my country,” he said.
ined on what they have learnt from the internship and receive their diplomas.
VikenaPalema, is another student from the school who is from Futuna. The island has a population of only 5000 people and business opportunities are scarce.
MsPalema said being in Fiji for the second time had enhanced her communication skills, and she said it would help her for her future career.
“Last year when I came toVinod Patel, I was a afraid and shy because it was different to my island. In Futuna, our nationality is French and we talk Wallisian, Futunan and French,” she said.
“I hope to follow my study in the business. When I first came here, I only knew very little English, butnow I am able to explain to the new group what our mentors tell us,” she said.
Vinod Patel export manager, Momlesh Chandra said: “Education and training plays a vital role in today’sbusiness culture.
“We personally believe, that as part of our social corporate responsibility, it is importantthat we give something back to the community or island nations we are doing business with.”
Vinod Patel hosted a farewell party for the interns last night at their Laucala Beach complex.




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