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A weeklong training on making handicrafts, jewellery and table lamps using seashells and fish scales concluded in Suva yesterday. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar thanked the Indonesian Government for its partnership in creating economic empowerment opportunities in Fiji. “The Government of Fiji is grateful to the Indonesian Government for its support […]

Fijian Government

September 13, 2015 8:51 am

A weeklong training on making handicrafts, jewellery and table lamps using seashells and fish scales concluded in Suva yesterday.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar thanked the Indonesian Government for its partnership in creating economic empowerment opportunities in Fiji.

“The Government of Fiji is grateful to the Indonesian Government for its support in providing new skills training opportunities for our women. It becomes an incentive for women to use their skills and resources to improve their livelihood,” Minister Akbar said.

“The trainees will also have the opportunity to showcase these handicrafts at the National Women’s Expo that will be held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva from 14th to 16th October this year. More than 600 women’s group who have qualified from the divisional craft shows will be participating at the Expo. Through the Fiji and Indonesia exchange program, more training opportunities will be provided at the Expo, particularly in the areas of value adding and making handicrafts using the local materials.”

Minister Akbar has also encouraged the participants to use their skills to establish their own businesses.

“Women have a lot of potential in small and micro enterprises (SME’s) sector. No business is big or small, everybody has to start small before taking their business to a higher level. Government continues to increase opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship development. Women are advised to reach out for these opportunities, to develop their skills and persevere to become financially independent,” Minister Akbar said.

“The Ministry also provides opportunities for both individuals and women groups to venture into sustainable livelihood programs. We are hoping to receive more training tools from Indonesia so that the seashell craft training opportunity to be offered to many more women groups in Fiji.”

Ambassador for the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Gary R. M. Jusuf said that Indonesia looks forward to strengthened collaboration with Fiji.

“We have already provided training programs in areas of seaweed products, coconut and bamboo crafting, producing fish crackers and flour using local resources. There is abundance of seashells in Fiji therefore people can produce wide range of handicrafts made from seashells and that can be sold to the tourists and hotels in Fiji,” Mr Jusuf said.

“This is just the beginning, Indonesia is delighted to offer more training programs in Fiji, especially we are excited about our participation in Fiji’s National Women’s Expo this year.”

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