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A voice for SMEs

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SMALL micro-enterprises should be considered when policies on green growth or the blue economy are being discussed at the national level, says Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation president Nezbitt Hazelman.

Mr Hazelman said the private sector would ensure that SMEs had a voice in the Pacific Islands Development Forum's framework to encourage sustainable green growth.

"We'd like to see that private sector not only has a voice on the table but to be part of any initiative that concerns the region," he said.

He said the cost of doing business was an issue of concern for the sector.

"We are continuously very mindful that any changes to operations will involve costs.

"So we want to be involved at the outset in ensuring that these costs are minimised.

"We want to ensure that whilst we pursue a path of green growth or the blue economy that the cost of businesses does not blow out of proportions that it hinders business growth."

He said the existence of smaller businesses could also be under threat.

"It could put smaller businesses out of business. We need to maintain the SMEs because they make a large percentage of our businesses."

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