Maru questions MPs on SME funds

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COMMERCE, Trade and Industry Minister Richard Maru (pictured) has called on MPs to explain where they have kept their K1 million from the district service improvement programme (DSIP) funds meant to support small and medium entrepreneurs in their electorates.
Maru said from the K10 million DSIP funds each MP received, the Government allocated K1 million to the SMEs.
He said many MPs were not using the money to support their people getting involved in the SMEs.
He said that last Friday in Jiwaka when witnessing the second phase of the microfinance scheme launching programme for the people of Anglimp-South Waghi.
Maru said that the Government was planning to raise 450,000 business people in the country and that was through the SMEs.
He said that people needed to prosper and the task was with MPs to perform and give the K1 million to people.
Maru said that Anglimp-South Waghi’s Joe Koim was the only MP to use his K1 million to promote SMEs in his electorate.
“Apart from Joe Koim, I do not know where the K1 million for the open MPs are used on.
“The Government has a vision to promote 450,000 businessmen and women and the SME sector will carry this out it.”

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