‘Leg-up not freebies’

Recipients who received their financial assistance of the small and micro business in Seaqaqa. Picture SERAFINA SILAITOGA (1)

GOVERNMENT’S assistance of grants given to 7303 recipients in the North this week is not a handout or freebies, says Minister for Trade Faiyaz Koya.

The recipients from Taveuni, Seaqaqa and Bua received sums of up to $1000 in a campaign drive labelled by Mr Koya as not “freebies”, but a “leg-up” for all Fijians.

In giving the 2288 micro and small business grants to the recipients in Seaqaqa, Mr Koya assured the community that this program would continue on a yearly basis.

“This is an opportunity to remind you that this is not a freebie and is not a hand-out, but a leg-up for all of you because this Government believes in all Fijians,” he said.

“When we grow our economy, we give more back to the Fijian people.

“It is the responsibility of your Government to make sure those resources are spread as far and wide as possible.” Mr Koya said such recipients needed to turn their small businesses into more competitive and relevant ones to suit the ever-changing market demands.

“Thus, your Government is realising your dreams, ambitions and fulfilments of becoming an entrepreneur,” he said.

“This program is targeted at entrepreneurs just like yourselves who need a helping hand to take their businesses to the next level.

“And we are glad that we have been able to contribute to your growth and we are confident that you will be able to carry your businesses forward and make it very successful ventures.”

Mr Koya said it was the Government’s vision to ignite entrepreneurial spirit in Fijians and this was embedded in the five-year and 20-year national development plans.

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