The training was opened today by the Minister for Women, Children, and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa.
This indeed was a historical moment for these women and the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation because of the new skills sets introduced to assist these Rewan women in their income generation projects.
These women most of whom are housewives are also members of their local community Nabudrau womens group, which has also become first time recipients of such a training as part of the Government of Fiji and Government of the People’s Republic of China bilateral cooperation.
“This is a historical moment for us as a Ministry as we venture into a new type of skills training. Skills training in palm weaving by our Expert from China, Liu Junying, which has only become a reality due to the close friendship that our Ministry shares with the Chinese Cultural Centre,” said Vuniwaqa.
“I am very grateful to the Peoples Republic of China for providing the expert and the palm leaves weaving program so that the women of Noco can be trained in this art. This is a real show of the close friendship that our two Governments share. I can only express our heartfelt thanks to the People’s Republic of China through the Chinese Cultural Centre in Fiji for this huge commitment to share your ancient art of palm leaves weaving right here.
Thirty women will participate at this inaugural training scheduled at the Nabudrau village community hall.