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Small business operators were reminded by Commissioner Northern Uraia Rainima of the vital role they play in building the national economy. He told a Labasa workshop facilitated by the Fiji Arts Council and the Trade Ministry that culture and creative industries were areas with lots of potential.
There is a growing concern amongst the Fijian indigenous communities about the impact of climate-forced relocation on culture, heritage and traditions. The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, Pita Tagicakirewa, says they have identified this as an issue following the relocation of six indigenous communities over the past 10 years.
Fiji has officially joined the ranks of countries committed to safeguarding intellectual property with its recent accession to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
Minister for i-Taukei Affairs, Ifereimi Vasu, says Fiji’s cultural sector is facing tremendous challenge and is still reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vasu says establishing innovative measures is critical to ensuring that sector’s contribution to economic development is recognized and enhanced.
Six organisations received grants from the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) – Enhancing Capacity for the Sustainability of the Cultural and Creative Industries in the Pacific program this week.
Cultural and creative industries were the fastest-growing sector globally prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, says culture specialist Elise Huffer.