Minister challenges youths

MINISTER for Trade Faiyaz Koya challenged youths to rise above their situation and make a difference in the world of entrepreneurship.

In encouraging the students of the University of the South Pacific in Labasa yesterday, Mr Koya urged them during the young entrepreneurship scheme consultation to become job creators and not job seekers.

Government has set aside $2 million for this scheme, aimed at assisting youths between the ages of 18 and 30, set up their own businesses.

“This is a very important program to government and we know that one of the major obstacles is that you may have creative ideas as a student,” he said.

“But when you finish from university, you find that your ideas become cost effective so your creative ideas don’t come to fruition.

“Government is asking all of you, between 18 and 30 years of age to be creative as possible so we can assist you in setting up your business program.”

Mr Koya said Government would not only give youths the grant to facilitate their new creative businesses but would assist them all the way to see it was fully established.

He said the close collaboration between government ministries would definitely assist the young entrepreneurs.

“I’d like to see quite a few from the North and with the Look North Policy, this scheme covers all fields, whether you get into agriculture or technology,” Mr Koya said.

“But we encourage you to think outside the box and think beyond Fiji and look to the world and make your products marketable beyond Fiji.

“Think along these lines and there is absolutely nothing stopping you from achieving your goals under this scheme.”

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