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Koya: Targeted Strategies Can Increase Women Entrepreneur Output

  Supporting women entrepreneurs with targeted strategies can help them increase their production output and diversify their exports, is the belief of the Fijian Government. And this is what our
22 Jul 2016 11:00
Koya: Targeted Strategies Can Increase Women Entrepreneur Output
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, with Permanent Secretary Shaheen Ali.

 

Supporting women entrepreneurs with targeted strategies can help them increase their production output and diversify their exports, is the belief of the Fijian Government.

And this is what our Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, emphasised during the leader’s roundtable on Women as Agents for Economic Change.

This was part of the 14th meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) underway in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mr Koya said such support was important to ensure the women entrepreneurs continue contributing to the socio-economic development of our countries as agents of economic change.

He, however, noted that despite the powerful role women entrepreneurs plat in our economy, they still face hurdles.

This, he said, was in terms of taking advantage of the business opportunities including opportunities trade liberalisation offers.

“In Fiji, to counter this, we have provided women entrepreneurs from rural communities and outer islands an opportunity to link to markets, to retail their products under one roof through a National Women’s Expo,” he said.

“Through this initiative we are empowering and giving recognition to the women and their specialised skills.

“We have put in place policies such as the Micro Small Business Grant that also helps women play an active role in the economy.

“Our analysis shows that increasing the ability for entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses will lead to greater economic growth, especially when it comes to women entrepreneurs.”

 



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