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$15K for Women’s Expo

More women are improving their livelihood by making a living for themselves and this is seen through their interest in the National Women’s Expo. Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism
13 Oct 2015 08:55
$15K for Women’s Expo
Minister for Woman,Children and Poverty Alleviation,Rosy Akbar (left) receives a donation of $15,000 from Minister for Trade and Industry,Faiyaz Koya for the "Womens Expo" which starts tomorrow at Vodafone Arena. pic.....RAMA

More women are improving their livelihood by making a living for themselves and this is seen through their interest in the National Women’s Expo.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, while handing out a grant of $15,000 to the Ministry for Women said it was good to see women being empowered through such initiatives.

Mr Koya said his ministry wholeheartedly supported the National Women’s Expo that was starting this week.

“This initiative empowers women entrepreneurs to get connected to the market and we support that through the grant of $15,000 towards the expo,” he said.

“The expo is a platform which enables women to get hands-on experience on doing businesses and at the same time learn marketing skills to sell their products.”

The grant is for the expo excellence awards to recognise the hard work, perseverance and business skills of women entrepreneurs.

“Both ministries have been working together for quite a while and are working to establish markets for Fijian micro-small enterprise by connecting the producers to the market to be able to sell their products and earn a sustainable income,” Mr Koya said.

Minister for Women Rosy Akbar thanked the ministry and said that it was an honour to see fellow male ministers taking steps to support the livelihood of Fijian women.

“The future for the Fijian women is very bright and I call on our women to rise to the opportunities given by the Fijian Government,” she said.

The 2015 National Women’s Expo starts tomorrow at the Vodafone Arena and will end on Friday and more than 600 women artisans will be showcasing their home- made crafts and products.

 

43 branding certificates for women

The ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism will be issuing 43 new certificates to women applicants later this week for their Fijian Made Buy Fijian campaign. “Through the Fijian Made Buy Fijian campaign we have established a successful brand and that today has enabled 60 odd licences for Fijian crafters to sell their Fijian crafted artifacts to renowned retail stores in hotels in Fiji,” he said.

He said it also went well for the tourism industry as this has created a new stream of income for individuals which also contribute towards the Fijian economy.

He said through their small and medium enterprise they have seen women as majority of the recipients which enabled them to contribute towards positive economic growth.

“Some individuals earn up to $2000 a month on average which is an injection of about $1.4million into the Fijian economy,” Mr Koya said.

“The ministry will also like to create similar linkages to the markets for women entrepreneurs and the ministry later this week will also be issuing 43 new certificates for the Fijian-crafted and Fijian-sewn brand to the women applicants to brand their products.”

He said the criteria of acquiring the Fijian crafted brand was simple as it only required handicrafts to be of good quality.

“To date we have about 137 odd crafters that are licensed and the Fijian Government’s overall vision is to empower the grassroots community to ensure a continued sustainable economy and economic growth.”

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