ANZ today said it was pleased to be providing financial literacy training to Fijians heading abroad for Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) through its flagship program MoneyMinded.
ANZ is partnering with the Fiji High Commission in New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Suva to ensure that Fijian RSE workers are provided with advice and support to manage their salaries while in New Zealand.
ANZ Fiji Corporate Sustainability Manager, Sitiveni Marovia, said: “Salaries from seasonal work contribute a lot to the economic development of communities here in Fiji. We know workers use the money earned through seasonal work to pay for their kids’ education, start a small business or build a house.
“In the last few years, we have significantly lowered the cost of remittances to the Pacific and our ANZ Pacific App has made it easier than ever for customers to manage their money on the go.
“We promote and encourage financial literacy through our MoneyMinded program to help people keep the flow of money open while reducing the need for these remittances and to help more people gain access to the financial system.”
Second Secretary to Fiji High Commissioner in New Zealand, Mr Josua Tuwere, visited Hawkes Bay with ANZ to meet RSE workers who had participated in ANZ’s financial literacy program. The group travelled to two key orchards where large numbers of Fijians are participating in Recognised Seasonal Employment.
“The demand for RSE workers from across the Pacific could double in the next two years. For many Fijian workers and their families, this is a life changing opportunity,” said Tuwere.