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Small way forward

Luke Rawalai
Friday, December 07, 2012

TUI Macuata Ratu Aisea Katonivere has embraced small medium business projects as the way forward for the good of his province.

It was endorsed at the Macuata Provincial Council yesterday.

Re-echoing the Commissioner Northern's words in that Macuata did not need a Look North Policy but rather it needed a "workable policy", Ratu Aisea said small medium business projects were the way forward for the province.

Northern Development program manager Waisea Tuidama said the strength of nations like Hong Kong and Japan lay solely on small businesses which provided income for its people and nation.

"So far the NDP program has funded 758 small medium business projects worth $4.8million for Macuata alone since its inception in the north five years ago," said Mr Tuidama.

"Fifty per cent of the NDP's funding has been funnelled into the province of Macuata with small fishing businesses being the biggest number of small business projects to be supported by the fund."