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Vendor Welcomes Informal Sector Plan

Vendor Welcomes Informal Sector Plan
From left: Timoci Duadevo, his sister Ema Niasala and Sitiveni Kina selling coconuts early in the morning in Martinatar, Nadi. Photo: ARISHMA DEVI
June 27
10:41 2016

Martintar vendor, Timoci Duadevo in Nadi has welcomed the announcement about formalising business in the informal sector.

He was responding to a statement by Attorney-General and Minister for Finance,Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Government will ensure that people of informal business sector will become part of formal sector in a few months.

The A-G spoke at the launch of Youth Entrepreneurs Council at Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi on Saturday.

“There are so many people in Fiji who are in the informal sector who we don’t actually count as part of mainstream economy,” he said.

He said vendors who sell on the roadside are part of the informal sector.

“In Martintar, just before MacDonald’s, you see these young men sometimes selling lobsters or sometimes selling coconuts.”

“You go to Korovisilou, people selling coconuts, some of them some days make $150 per day, and sometimes they may make $20 a day.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was part what the Government is planning of doing in the next few months in to formalise people out of informal sector.

He said people must be rest assured that Government is working hard to provide assistance to youth in terms to developing the skill sets to be able to be job creators.

Mr Duadevo, a coconut seller in Martintar Nadi, said he was happy that the A-G noticed his hard work and hardship as well.

“We have been selling coconuts by the roadside for a long time and our business usually picks up with tourists around,” Mr Duadevo said.

He said he had almost 90 per cent tourists buyers that are locals and 10 percent are the community.

“If given opportunity we can scale up and do better, since the business is better with tourists,” Mr Duadevo said.

In the meantime, Mr Duadevo hoped the government would only provide him with basic essentials such as an umbrella and a table.

Mr Duadevo sells coconuts to support his family of eight.

He said they had to buy coconuts from farmers so their income had to be divided at the end of the day.



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