PIPSO to introduce new programme to train trainers in trade standards
Aprogramme will soon be implemented by the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation to train trainers in the area of international certification and trade standards.
Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) chief executive, Mereia Volavola, said the ‘ACPTBT’ Programme will focus on quality assurance standards and will assist companies in terms of making exports easy. “We have secured a programme with a focus on Fiji and Tonga to train trainers in the area of international certification and standards,” she said. “This will also undertake certain assessment on selected number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Fiji and just review their processes in terms of standard compliance with the standards to assist the company in terms of making exports easy.” She stated the private sector in Fiji has become very active.
“A lot of things are happening in the private sector these days from the corporate side and SMEs. Likewise in terms of the small micro businesses,” she said. Ms Volavola said the recent budget announced by the Government widens the platform for SMEs to grow and develop. “With the recent budget there are some very good initiatives that have been announced by the Government particularly the setting up of the SME council,” she said. “It will now only focus and address that sector which really needs quite a lot of assistance.”
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