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1500 Fijian Tourism Employees Benefit From Training

They will be among 3000 plus Pacific tourism employees from seven Pacific Island Countries.
09 Jul 2020 15:48
1500 Fijian Tourism Employees Benefit From Training
From left: United Nations Capital Development Fund deputy programme manager Krishnan Narasimhan, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme Pacific Office in Fiji Levan Bouadze, Japanese Ambassador to Fiji Masahiro Omura, Minister for Tourism Faiyaz Koya, Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association chief executive officer Fantasha Lockington, Deputy chief execuitve officer for Australia Pacific Training Coalition Lori Banks Dutt, Pacific Tourism Organisation chief execuitve officer Christopher Cocker and Australian High Commission Regional Counsellor – Political and Economic Development Renee Deschamps after the launch of the COVID-19 Socio - Economic Response Project on June 8, 2020 at the Holiday Inn, Suva Photo: Laiseana Nasiga

1500 Fijian tourism employees are expected to benefit from training that will be provided through the COVID-19 Socio – Economic Response Project.

This project will help tourism workers who have lost their jobs develop new skills for other jobs or starting a business.

They will be among 3000 plus Pacific tourism employees from seven Pacific Island Countries.

This was made possible through the project that is fully funded by the Government of Japan.

Japanese Ambassador to Fiji Masahiro Omura said: “This programme will help trainees acquire new skillset, motivating them to find new jobs, start new ventures in order to support their livelihoods.”

Hospitality sector

He said through the programme, key partners in the hospitality sector will provide online training to both, tourism industry workers and business owners adversely affected by the economic disruptions caused by COVID-19.

The seven countries include Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga.

The training will be delivered online by the Australia Pacific Training Coalition.

The project partnered with the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Capital Development Fund, Pacific Tourism Organisation, Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association and Australian Aid.

Benefits

Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Faiyaz Koya said the training will provide the tourism employees an opportunity to learn new skills and enhance productivity.

He said it may also encourage these employees to start their own business.

“Online education is likely to become permanent as more services like learning opportunities move online.

“Digital literacy skills and communication technologies for business success.

“These aren’t skills you’ll need just for today or tomorrow – they are lifelong skills,” he said.

Vodafone Fiji and Digicel Fiji will establish concessional data/internet packages for participants enrolled in the training.

Feedback: laiseana.nasiga@fijisun.com.fj

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