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Take Advantage Of Fair: Koya

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya launched the University of the South Pacific annual Entrepreneurial Fair yesterday. This brings together an amazing group of influencers and successful entrepreneurs,
20 Feb 2018 11:26
Take Advantage Of Fair: Koya
From left: Deputy director University of South Pacific Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Dr Brad Carte, managing director Pic’s Peanut Butter Pic Picot, Group Manager Campus Life, Glenn Pope with Minister for Industry,Trade,Tourism & Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya and Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism Shaheen Ali. Photo: DEPTFO.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya launched the University of the South Pacific annual Entrepreneurial Fair yesterday.

This brings together an amazing group of influencers and successful entrepreneurs, business people as well as representatives from non-government and government organisations to share their insight into what it takes to launch, sustain and grow a small business.

The Fair matches aspiring entrepreneurs with successful entrepreneurs, from Fiji and abroad, who will share their journey and experience, which would be an important event that the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism supports, said Mr Koya.

“The Entrepreneurial Fair provides a platform for young entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs, where they can not only learn, but also share ideas.

“It is extremely important that students and the public at large, are given an opportunity to learn entrepreneurial skills.

“Universities and higher learning institutions must be at the forefront of small business development and provide the best resources for small business development. This may include, research facilities, testing of products, leadership courses in small business and the best mentoring for successful entrepreneurs.

“The Fijian Government fully endorses the creation of micro, small and medium enterprises, with special focus on young resourceful Fijians becoming entrepreneurs,” he said.

Government Initiatives

Mr Koya added that the Government is working towards creating an environment where young people could develop, find their calling and have an impact on the wellbeing of the nation.

“Nothing guarantees a brighter future for Fiji, than the education of our children.

“This financial year, we allocated a record $964 million towards the education of young Fijians.

“We want our young people to do more, than what we are able to do today. Our youth should not only be job seekers, but they also need to be job creators.”

Mr Koya said the Entrepreneurial Fair would set the foundation to enhance and solidify ideas and there’s hope that it would propel USP to be an entrepreneurial university in years to come.

“The Fair, which includes seminars and workshops of starting and sustaining your business will also provide you the opportunity to meet with successful entrepreneurs and as such inspire young minds.

“Therefore, students and the wider public at large should make the most of this opportunity to learn basic skills to start their own businesses, to improve their livelihoods and add value to the Fijian economy.”

Mr Koya urged the participants to access the many opportunities created by the University of the South Pacific in providing training in entrepreneurship during this one week.

“My final message to students who wish to become entrepreneurs, you must also understand the important role of innovation, not only for commercialisation but also for improvements in business performance and also in terms of research and innovation.

“We believe in entrepreneurial guidance, drive and motivation which are the key pinnacles of success,” he said.

There were about 300 participants yesterday. The Fair will end on Thursday.

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