23 students graduate from entrepreneurship training

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya (back middle) with graduates of the YES training in Labasa last week. Picture: SUPPLIED

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya (back middle) with graduates of the YES training in Labasa last week. Picture: SUPPLIED

MINISTER for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya says with the introduction of the Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES), Fijian youths now have a better chance at becoming entrepreneurs.

Mr Koya was speaking to northern youths at the graduation of 22 students from the YES training at the USP Labasa campus last week.

“We have some very bright minds with innovative ideas but those ideas do not come into fruition because there is a cost that comes with developing your ideas,” he said.

The Minister said the YES scheme was ready to assist youths that are creative and very innovative.

“It runs across all different sectors and not necessarily one particular sector; we’re not just talking about Information Technology (IT).

“You can be creative about food or you can be creative with anything using your hand,” Mr Koya said.

He said youths between 18 and 30 years had to be as creative as possible so Government could assist them under the YES.

Mr Koya said Government was trying to address the cost barrier through initiatives like YES.

The scheme has been allocated $2 million during the current financial year.