“We are gathered here this evening because we all share a deep and abiding belief in the power and potential of young Fijians, and we are here to celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of five young men and women who have put forward innovative ideas that we believe are going to seriously shape the Fiji of tomorrow”.
These were the words of the Prime Minister Hon. Josaia Voreqe Banimarama during the launch of the “YES – Fijian Young Entrepreneurship Scheme” on Thursday 11th January at the GPH, Suva. This initiative targets the development of young business entrepreneurs with innovative ideas intending to promote and harness the talents of young Fijians, to become ‘job creators’ rather than be just ‘job seekers’. He urged the youths to think outside to become leaders in business, civil society and Government.
“At the heart of this programme is a profound belief in the unique perspective brought by young Fijians and in their understanding of what our marketplace needs, both now and in the years ahead. It is about giving life to the ideas of smart and ambitious young people and to shake up Fijian society with their dreams for what is possible”.
Hon. Bainimarama also announced the names of the five individuals who are currently undergoing the programme of mentorship through the YES initiative. Upon the completion of the mentorship each will be eligible to receive grant funding of up to $20,000 to pursue their business ideas.
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