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Need to focus on young minds

WE need to focus our resources on younger people who are resourceful and are the future of the nation, says National Centre For SME Development acting CEO Ravi Chand.

“The Young Entrepreneurs Scheme is a very good program launched by Government to basically encourage young people with fresh minds to come up with business ideas,” Mr Chand said.

Mr Chand made the comment during the presentation of Start Your Own Business certificates to 30 young would-be entrepreneurs in Suva on May 18.

He said it was about creating new businesses that only young people could think about and it was not the old canteen or barbecue type of businesses which were good businesses in their own ways.

“New ideas, new businesses, where not only you will benefit, but the people around you will as well,” he said.

Mr Chand said starting a business was difficult in terms of capital needed.

“That’s where Government’s role comes to play, in the form of the YES initiative which is made available to you provided you have the right kind of business plans.”

He urged the youths to keep pursuing their dreams and improve upon their business plans to be able to access funding of $20,000 under YES.

Certificate recipient Anaseini Waqatabu, 29, said she took up the course because apart from work she wanted something else to fall back on.

“At the end of the day your job will end and I’ve always wanted to be my own boss and also contribute to the economy.

“So learning how to start your own business has been a fulfilling experience for me and I intend to use it,” she said.

Anaseini is a final year law student at USP.

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism assistant manager training said they trained the youths on how to design their business plans around their own business ideas.

“The intention is to enable them to access the $20,000 grant under the YES initiative and the ministry and NCSMED will provide the necessary backup support and mentoring,” said NCSMED trainer Enere Vuibureta.

Mr Chand later presented certificates to the 30 participants.


Source: Fiji Times


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