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EDITORIAL: A Lesson In Business Confidence

When someone mentions Ba, the first thought that comes into our minds automatically is soccer. No doubt the western town has done well in this popular national sport. But what
06 Jul 2015 12:17
EDITORIAL: A Lesson In Business Confidence

When someone mentions Ba, the first thought that comes into our minds automatically is soccer.

No doubt the western town has done well in this popular national sport.

But what we often tend to forget is the number of multi-million-dollar businesses which have been born in Ba.

It is home of some of Fiji’s – most successful business people who own some of the most successful businesses in the country.

Don’t believe it? Think of M.R. Dayal, R.C. Manubhai, Vinod Patel, NewWorld, 4R Electric, Bhikha Bhai, Motibhai, Dominion Wires, Island Pharmacy and Bombay Trading.

Even today, these businesses continue their investments in Ba.

One good example is the new manufacturing facilities of Manubhai Industries Limited, which is a subsidiary of RC Manubhai Group of Companies.

The $10million investment in the brand new complex with state-of-the-art production facilities providing employment for more than 80 people is nothing short of praise worthy.

And praised they were by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Saturday as he opened the new factory.

A fire more than two years ago, in which the company lost its Polyurethane Foam and Nylon Rope manufacturing factory, did not deter the company’s confidence.

It bounced back almost immediately and has set-up a new facility.

Neither did the company lay off any of its 50 workers who were employed there at the time it caught fire.

This is the kind of confidence and commitment needed from businesses.

The businesses born in Ba have expanded not only all around the country.

They have diversified their businesses. They are also exporters as well.

Ba is a sugar-cane growing district and this provides the main employment for the people.

But if we look at this on a broader scale, these businesses have been equally important in providing full-time employment to thousands of people in Ba and nationally.

The Prime Minister’s praise for the R.C Manubhai Group on Saturday recognised the confidence they have in Ba – and Fiji under his leadership.
Feedback: rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 


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