GOVERNMENT recognises the economic benefit market vendors have contributed to the town of Labasa, says Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica.
Addressing a group of women market vendors at the closing of the two-week United Nations Development Fund financial literacy program, Lt-Col Moceica said women were indeed the backbone of society.
"Therefore, it is smart economics to empower women economically and I congratulate each of you on your achievement," he said.
"Government recognises the economic benefit your work brings to the Labasa Town Council in the form of stall fees and the flow on effect in terms of payment of school fees, spending in town, and financing of village and church projects."
Lt-Col Moceica said women needed to recognise the importance of a competitive market which would help them organise and plan their individual business well.
"You have to understand economy and you will be able to work out your business well.
"Government's infrastructural development plans for Vanua Levu have already started and will bring you lots of benefits.
"Government will do their part and you will have to do your part. It is the hope of my office that you women will put to good use your learning and improve standards of customer service at the market."
Lt-Col Moceica encouraged the women to effectively work with the town council and make use of avenues available for support to them.