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PM: It’s A Grant, Not A Handout

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama reminded 531 people who each received $1000 yesterday that the help was a grant to help grow their micro and small businesses. “It’s a grant, not
22 Oct 2015 12:49
PM: It’s A Grant, Not A Handout
Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama and Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar (right in marron dress) with grant receipnets of the Micro and Small Business Grants in Ba yesterday.Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama reminded 531 people who each received $1000 yesterday that the help was a grant to help grow their micro and small businesses.

“It’s a grant, not a handout,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He reminded recipients not to use the money on other things.

“It is a leg-up and a very important one. You’ve indicated what you need to start a business or improve your business and you had to get Government’s approval for those items,” he said.

The recipients were given a certificate each to take to the Fiji Development Bank.

“They will give you a cheque from the FDB made out to the supplier of whatever equipment or materials you asked for in your application. And you then take that cheque to the supplier and pick up the goods.”

Mr Bainimarama said FDB had been involved for a special reason.

“You are now part of the Bank’s processes so that when your business grows bigger and you want a loan, you can go to the FDB and ask for one. And they already know who you are and that the Government gave you its tick of approval,” the PM said.

“We are recognising you as someone who has already demonstrated enterprise. You’ve shown determination to help yourself, your family, your community and the nation as a whole. And we are holding you up as a role model for other Fijians as we try to promote an enterprise culture and encourage others to pursue small business careers.”

This programme, he said, was transparent. The money is being dispersed with proper accountability and it is being targeted where it is most needed.

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