Workshop to boost executives’ roles

Prem Narayan (right) with farmers during the capacity building workshop for sugarcane growers co-operative executives at the Sugar Cane Growers Council hall in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Prem Narayan (right) with farmers during the capacity building workshop for sugarcane growers co-operative executives at the Sugar Cane Growers Council hall in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

MORE than 30 sugarcane co-operative executives from Sigatoka to Lautoka began a two-day training program at the Sugar Cane Growers Council hall yesterday.

Training facilitator, Enere Vuibureta, from the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s co-operative department said the workshop was designed to improve financial literacy, increase good management practices and enhance efficiency.

“The objective of this training is to empower leaders on good governance, transparency, accountability and decision-making,” he said.

“On day one — we will look at the principles of co-operatives and how we can link them to your roles as board of directors.

“Every co-op must submit a risk management plan and also an yearly budget.”

Mr Vuibureta also highlighted the need for executives to understand the legislation that concerned their organisations.

“If disputes or differences arise, the Co-operative Act is there and we need to recognise the Co-operative Act.”

He added that day two of the workshop would focus on operational matters like ensuring proper record keeping and co-op executives would be taught the basic principles of budget preparation.

The two-day training came about through a partnership between the Pacific Community (SPC) and SCGC.

The workshop was funded by the European Union under its accompanying measures for sugar protocol program which began in 2012 and ends this year.