Busi­ness Link Pa­cific Por­tal Launch to Ben­e­fit SMEs: Curr

Mr Curr said they hope that the por­tal will as­sist you all to do and achieve even more on your path of suc­cess

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The launch of the Busi­ness Link Pa­cific Por­tal (BLP) will ben­e­fit Small Medium En­ter­prises (SMEs). New Zealand High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr made this com­ment yes­ter­day while launch­ing the por­tal at Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific, Lau­cala Bay Cam­pus, Suva. Mr Curr said New Zealand was proud to sup­port Busi­ness Link Pa­cific and its work to help SMEs to access the qual­ity, busi­ness ad­vice they need to grow and ex­pand.

Por­tal

“The por­tal was a key part of building a sus­tain­able, re­gional net­work of lo­cal busi­ness ad­vi­sory sup­port ser­vices that would drive SME growth and pros­per­ity.

“The por­tal of­fers a mar­ket­ing tool to en­gage and pro­vide fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits and sub­si­dies to el­i­gi­ble clients, as well as or­gan­i­sa­tion and busi­ness devel­op­ment sup­port from tech­ni­cal con­sul­tants,” he said. Since 2017, Mr Curr said BLP has helped more than 160 SMEs in Fiji, Van­u­atu, Samoa, and Pa­pua New Guinea to im­prove and to grow their busi­ness op­er­a­tions.

“The BLP net­work of lo­cal busi­ness ad­vi­sors in th­ese coun­tries has been in­stru­men­tal in help­ing SMEs to in­crease rev­enue, pro­duc­tiv­ity and jobs. “This is not just more profit or less cost for each busi­ness.” He said that’s any­where be­tween 800 and 8,000 em­ploy­ees who have in­di­rectly ben­e­fit­ted through bet­ter per­form­ing busi­nesses in those four coun­tries. “That in­crease busi­ness per­for­mance con­trib­utes to higher eco­nomic growth, and sets a great ex­am­ple for other entreprene­urs want­ing to grow their busi­nesses.”

SMEs in Fiji

He stated that SMEs in Fiji al­ready earn around 12 per cent of Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct (GDP), and are even more im­por­tant from an em­ploy­ment per­spec­tive, with around 60 per cent of Fi­jians in the workforce em­ployed by an SME.

“The BLP por­tal we are launch­ing is a big step for­ward in help­ing the SMEs to access the busi­ness ad­vice they need.

“The por­tal en­able SMEs and busi­ness ad­vi­sors from across the Pa­cific, across a range of sec­tors and dis­ci­plines, to con­nect with and to sup­port each other.

“We are talk­ing about lo­cal ad­vis­ers sup­port­ing lo­cal firms.” To date, he said Fiji had been an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in BLP, demon­strat­ing the strength of the lo­cal busi­ness ad­vi­sory net­work and the value they bring to SMEs.

He ac­knowl­edged the role that other or­gan­i­sa­tions have played in bring­ing about the launch of this por­tal.

“This is a tes­ta­ment that BLP strikes a chord. “Grow­ing busi­nesses face gaps and chal­lenges and they run lean and of­ten sac­ri­fice crit­i­cal needs at the ex­penses of oth­ers. Get­ting great ad­vice can help in so many ways.

“We hope that the por­tal will as­sist you all to do and achieve even more on your path of suc­cess.”

Photo: Lu­siana Tuimaisala

From left: New Zealand High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr, Christina Qio leads the Fi­nan­cial Sys­tem Devel­op­ment Unit at the Re­serve Bank of Fiji, Women Entreprene­urs Busi­ness Coun­cil Vice Chair Ber­nadette Ni­cholls, Web­me­dia South Pa­cific ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Steve Reid, Chef Lance Seeto, New Zealand En­treprenuer­s Wyndi and Eli Tagi, and Busi­ness Link Pa­cific Busi­ness Op­er­a­tion Am­rita Midha dur­ing the por­tal launch on Au­gust 2, 2019.

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