SMEs recognised for innovation and entrepreneurship
28 May, 2018, 11:00 pm
MICRO, small and medium enterprises received recognition for their innovative ideas and entrepreneurship at the 2017 Microfinance Awards held at the Reserve Bank of Fiji this afternoon.
RBF governor Ariff Ali said for a developing country such as Fiji, the potential for the micro-enterprises sector to be a driver of economic growth could not be underestimated and, therefore, the bank truly appreciated how the business they recognised had led the way in this regard.
“For close to three decades, the RBF has worked closely with government, development partners and the private sector to find ways of improving the SME sector’s access to finance and enhance the sector’s contribution to the economy,” he said.
Winner of the Young Entrepreneur Award – Tadulala Tuinamoala – thanked the RBF and the sponsors of the award for recognising people in the MSME sector.
Ms Tuinamoala said for the past two years she had been operating a business in Matuku in partnership with Korean businessmen, dealing in sea cucumber trade.
She said she took interest in the pilot project because it meant providing employment to the women and men in the village.