INCREASING the mentoring of small to medium enterprises and encouraging entrepreneurship are two of the focus areas for the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation.
Speaking to this newspaper, newly-elected president Howard Politini said the FCEF would progressively increase mentoring opportunities for SMEs in a bid to further grow the economy.
"We currently have 280 SMEs getting free mentoring under the New Zealand Business Mentors Program," Mr Politini said.
"This program was established to encourage entrepreneurship in the hope of creating employment opportunities.
"We have taken a proactive approach because we can't expect government to create opportunities and jobs, the private sector has to do it."
Commenting on the success of the Federation's Top Executives conference last week, Mr Politini said having representatives from SMEs and women entrepreneurs allowed the broader business community to better understand the impact of the upcoming national budget and elections on the business environment in the country.
"TOPEX is about providing a forum for the senior executives of FCEF members — all the businesses and business-related entities in Fiji, large and small — to better understand the expected economic impact of Budget 2014 and the upcoming general elections."