THE $32,000 Women's Resource Centre in Bua is expected to be opened in March.
This was made known to Social Welfare and Women's Minister Dr Jiko Luveni when she visited members of the Soqosoqo Vakamarama Bua at Naulumatua House in Nabouwalu on Wednesday.
The visit was part of a three-day tour of parts of the Northern Division this week. "My discussions with the Bua women's group have been successful. The women showed a great interest in co-ordinating their income-generating activities through the centre," Dr Luveni said.
"In line with our aim to have One Centre-One Product, the women are determined to pursue the production and marketing of Virgin Coconut Oil as their major product."
Soqosoqo Vakamarama Bua president Laisa Lewanavanua said the centre was a major investment for the women of the province and was enabled by the contributions of the people of Bua.
"The centre will boost women's capabilities in utilising available resources for income and we thank the ministry for their support."
Dr Luveni also visited Naleba Youth Centre outside Labasa Town which was initially eyed as a potential site for the development of Fiji's own Barefoot College.
"The Naleba Training Centre is earmarked to be developed as the Barefoot College covering Fiji and the Pacific Region. This facility has been kindly given to us by the Ministry of Youth."