FIJI is looking at initiatives and measures that will encourage more domestic businesses to adopt green technologies and processes – simply put – to “go green”.
In light of this, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism permanent secretary Shaheen Ali pointed out that the 2018-2019 National Budget has continued a number of environment-related initiatives from the past few years and introduced new and innovative initiatives, through policies, to focus on “green businesses”.
Mr Ali was speaking at the Fiji Greenpreneurs two day workshop reception in Suva today.
The workshop is being attended by entrepreneurs and is part of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) series of workshop being held in Vanuatu, Fiji and Kiribati.
The permanent secretary highlighted the Ministry’s efforts, which was in line with the Fijian Government’s goals as the Prime Minister leads the global charge through COP23 towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“This workshop provides the Ministry the opportunity to create more awareness on the Young Entrepreneurship Scheme or YES, and make young Fijians more aware of the importance of sustainable development,” Mr Ali said.
“The Fijian Government through YES is aiming to bring out innovative, fresh and new business ideas and products, which will grow Fiji in a sustainable manner.”
Taking into consideration that the workshop aims to develop 10 new ideas and at least five of these will be supported to register as new businesses and new product lines, Mr Ali said YES will consider eligible proposal and ideas from this workshop that offer credible and sustainable business ventures and plans.