66 women entrepreneurs receive licenses

Kadavu women display their work at the 2018 Women's Expo at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay, Suva. Picture ATU RASEA

SINCE  2015 the National Women’s Expo has awarded 43 Fijian crafted licenses to 43 successful women entrepreneurs, while another 83 received their licenses in 2017.

This was highlighted by Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources,  Faiyaz Siddiq Koya while  handing  over Fijian crafted licenses to 66 recipients  at the National Women Expo at FMF Gymnasium in Suva earlier today.

Mr Koya said the expo and the  Fijian Made Campaign were initiatives to promote entrepreneurial culture through sustainable micro, small and medium enterprises.

“The Ministry and the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation have programs in place to encourage our fellow Fijians to engage in small and micro-enterprise businesses by providing capacity building and seed funding,” Mr Koya said.

He urged the participants to think big and create quality products and brands.

He said  according to the findings  of the International Visit Survey conducted in 2014 by the Ministry,  it revealed that culture and craft were key elements that left a lasting impression on tourists who visited Fiji.

He emphasized the importance of consistency in ensuring that the quality of  products was never compromised at any level and at any time.

The expo concludes today.

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