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Women’s business council’s Strategic Plan launching today

MARAIA VULA SUVA The Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation will be launching the Women Entrepreneurs and Business Council strategic plan today. This was confirmed by the federation’s chief executive Nesbitt
30 Jul 2014 10:28

MARAIA VULA
SUVA
The Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation will be launching the Women Entrepreneurs and Business Council strategic plan today.
This was confirmed by the federation’s chief executive Nesbitt Hazelman during the council’s Financial Risk Management workshop at Holiday Inn Suva yesterday.
The council, under the umbrella of the federation, has more than 50 members.
In May, the council had identified three action plans to be embedded in its intended one-year strategic plan.
This included Legislation, Financial Literacy, Training, Business Development and Networking as major areas identified.
The women are hoping to have a voice in influencing policy and legislation. This is to ensure the environment for doing business in the future takes into account all the issues that women face.
Mr Hazelman said: “In putting this strategic plan, together the women identified certain areas that they needed particular assistance on financial management.
“The council’s strategic plan has several areas which includes funding and financial management, marketing aspects of the workshop and membership drives.”
The workshop which was attended by 30 participants, is the first series of many workshops to come by the federation.
“We will be conducting phases of workshops for these women bearing in mind they are from the informal sector. They contribute significantly not only to the economy but also to the up keep of their families,” Mr Hazelman said.
“Our aim is to move these ladies from the informal sector to the formal sector because almost 60 per cent of these people work in the informal sector.
“We felt there was a space in looking after these women so we are now providing that voice with specific training to allow them to make that transition in business.”
The next workshop is scheduled to be held in Nadi on August 5.
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