USP student Semi Talatu, engages in a discussion with the Minister for Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Hon Mr. Faiyaz Koya, at USP's Labasa Campus.
Honourable Mr Faiyaz Koya, Fiji’s Minister for Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, visited The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Labasa Campus on 29 March 2018 while on a tour to close the Young Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) training workshop in Labasa.
While addressing students Hon. Koya stated that in Fiji the Government is more proactive to the concept of job creators rather than job seekers.
“Thus, the setup of the YES –Young Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) is a Government initiative that aims to empower Fijian youths, by enabling them the opportunity to set up their own business and in return create employment for themselves and others,” he stated.
Students at the Labasa Campus took advantage of the Minister’s presentation by receiving first-hand information, expert advice, and reassurance that opportunities are available in Fiji for young people to take advantage of.
Proper training and empowerment opportunities such as visits by prominent leaders will allow and build young people’s confidence in believing in themselves.
Hon. Mr Koya said, “In the next five years, the Government will continue to carry out its work by strengthening initiatives for training empowerment and awareness programmes for our young people.”
Some students from the USP Labasa Campus are entrepreneurs who have small businesses like selling root crops, pounded kava and are operating small canteens.
They have been able to gain a lot of insight on business setups, budgeting and made aware of the government provision in enabling one to set up a business, or take advantage of Government assistance, advice, and technical expertise on business entrepreneurship.
An elated Semi Talatu, a third year Bachelor of Science student, who also has his own piggery, cassava and vegetable farm, said the visit was very encouraging and empowered him to find out more about Government’s assistance and opportunities available to young people through the YES scheme.
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