50pc contribution of women market vendors to Fiji’s economy

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar officiating at the 'A New Future: Markets for Change' video launch. Picture: SUPPLIED

MORE than 50 percent of market vendors in Fiji are women who are making significant contribution to the Fijian economy.

This is an issue highlighted by the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar.

Launching the A New Future: Markets for Change video at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, she said government recognized women because they are critical to economic growth and community stability.

“Women are likely to save and contribute to broader livelihood of their community,” Mrs Kumar said.

“Government has seen the value in investing in infrastructure to create the best enabling environment and opportunities for doing business.

“We have three types of markets in Fiji categorized as Municipal Markets, Satellite Markets and Roadside Markets.

“Municipal Markets are the conventional type of public markets usually located within the Central Business District of a city or a town. Recently, the concept of satellite markets has been introduced.

“Across all the different types of markets, we have more than 50 percent women market vendors. These women market vendors have been making a significant contribution to the local economy and play a pivotal role in providing services to the local communities.

UN Women through ‘Markets for Change’, has co-funded market infrastructure projects across 12 municipal markets in Fiji, three in the Solomon Islands and three in Vanuatu.

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