Partnership to migrate women in business to formal sector

SPBD Board chairperson Lorraine Seeto, Financial Management Counselors Alliance representative Lagi Fisher and WEBC chairperson Eseta Nadakuitavuki during the MOU signing on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Picture: MONIKA SINGH

A collaboration between three organisations – the South Pacific Business Development, Women Entrepreneurs Business Council and the Financial Management Counselors Alliance – will see them working together to migrate women in business in the informal sector to the formal sector.

WEBC chairperson Eseta Nadakuitavuki said the partnership was for the next five years.

During this time, she said WEBC members would provide training and mentoring to SPBD’S Fiji Bloom program participants with the aim to help those women pivot thowe businessees and diversify it.

SPBD board director Lorraine Seeto said WEBC and FMCAF had readily available trainers and coaches, and other resources as well to assist SPBD in further enhancing the program.

Ms Seeto said the SPBD accelerator pilot program in 2019 showed the importance to formalise and strengthen the partnership with WEBC.

FMCAF has provided training to the MSME operators with the aim to lift them up to the formal sector and counselor Lagi Fisher said this partnership was a milestone achievement for the organisations.

Mr Fisher said the SPBD Fiji Bloom project was a vehicle to elevate business operators to a level where they were able to thrive.

The MOU was signed by Ms Nadakuitavuki, Ms Seeto and Mr Fisher at the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation headquarters in Suva yesterday.

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