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EDITORIAL:Message To Our Young: Stand Up, Be Counted And Make A Difference

EDITORIAL:Message To Our Young: Stand Up, Be Counted And Make A Difference
Youths during the All Nations Christian Fellowship Youth conference at the Vodafone Arena, Suva. Photo: Supplied
July 08
09:28 2017

Do not just be job seekers, be job creators as well. This is the path Government hopes young graduates will also explore.

And, to assist them, a Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) has been set up by the Government for which $2million has been allocated.

How does this work? Graduates who want to set up their business, can access up to $20,000 from this money.

This is aimed at enticing young entrepreneurs to turn to business ventures. This is huge.

Young graduates who are eager to make a difference in their lives should not have excuses now. There are just so many opportunities available in Fiji today than ever before.

From agriculture to starting up your own business, the FijiFirst Government has policies lined up for many things.

Students can now change their units easily within the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme (TELS). The FijiFirst Government has also provided Commercial Agriculture Graduates with land and start-up money.

Now those wanting to start their businesses can access money too.

Never before had such faith been put in the young people of this country. Never before has any Government invested such massive amounts of money in our youth.

It is up to the young of Fiji to make things happen. Do not just sit back and crib about how hard things are.

Stand up, be counted and make a difference.

Get out there, get your business plans in order, start up businesses, get into commercial farming.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said: “We want to encourage job creators, not just job seekers. The Young Entrepreneurship Scheme—or YES, as it will be known—will offer grants up to a maximum of $20,000 to Fijians between the ages of 18 to 30 to develop or expand innovative business ideas.

“We have some very smart young graduates who will want to develop mobile apps, etc.  This is a partnership with the private sector, and the CEO of ANZ Bank has agreed to chair a panel that will assess the applications,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Also, in the next fiscal year, through a pilot programme, 20 talented and promising youth workers will be recruited by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to work directly with communities.

These workers will be selected using the Open Merit Recruitment System and will be paid for full time employment.

“We want to capture the energy and imagination of these young people to help develop other young people in Fiji,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum had said in his Budget address.

It is very easy to sit behind computers and whine about unemployment, about poverty but when opportunities are being handed out to you on a silver platter, you need to grab it.

The youths are the future of this country. FijiFirst must be commended for investing in this country’s future.

To our young people, take advantage of the new opportunities and make your dreams come true.



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