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Paper Power success

By JYOTI PRATIBHA Many would be familiar with the stationery company Paper Power. Last night, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama opened the company’s new complex in Nadi, which will house
24 Feb 2014 10:49

By JYOTI PRATIBHA

Many would be familiar with the stationery company Paper Power.
Last night, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama opened the company’s new complex in Nadi, which will house the growing business’ headquarters and warehouse.
Many, however, did not know that the owner of Paper Power, Gyanendra Deo sold newspapers at the age of 15 and that was his first paying job.
Mr Deo grew up in Tunalia, Nadi and since his parents could not afford further education, he dropped out of school and sold newspaper in streets of Nadi.
Today, he has six branches of Paper Power and employs 25 Fijians.
Mr Deo understood the importance of education. With the aim of providing quality stationery at reasonable prices, he opened his first family business story in Sigatoka in 1978, trading as Sigatoka Bookshop.
He successfully managed the family business, which grew to seven branches, until 1991, when he sold his shares and migrated to New Zealand.
His son-in-law Maikash Ali said while Mr Deo physically left Fiji, he never could get over the attachment he had with this country.
Mr Ali said the Bainimarama Government’s focus on education was praiseworthy, adding that in coming years, Fiji would greatly benefit from such policies.
“I am sure that you all understand how important education is, not only to develop a nation and ensure its prosperity, it is also the only solution to breaking the cycle of poverty,” Mr Ali said.
He said that the announcement of bus fare schemes and free education was a bold step by the Prime Minister and the coming generations would benefit out of this.
“Other business friendly initiatives by your Government, such as dual citizenship, lower corporate tax rates and the likes has given Mr Deo the encouragement to expand his business with this building, being a clear sign of his confidence in this country and its economy,” Mr Ali said.
He said the Nadi business community had faced a lot in terms of natural disasters, but their confidence in this country encouraged them to go on.




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