The National, Friday 14th June 2013
By TERRY MANAO DAVID
NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop has signed a K1 million deal with Super Values Stores (SVS) to help people in Motu Koitabu area own and operate trade stores.
Parkop said during the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MoA) yesterday that government grants had not helped the small people.
The signing of the agreement marked the roll out of the Supa V Stoas project in the Motu Koitabu area.
Seventeen Motu-Koitabuans will own containerised trade stores in the coming weeks.
Parkop said the funding of K1 million would enable SVS to supply 17 trade stores to successful applicants.
“I am happy and privileged to work in partnership with SVS to help the ordinary people.
“Government grants have not really assisted our people … I was looking for ways to assist our people … the beauty of it is that SVS will be mentoring, facilitate trainings, equipment and initial stocks to get owners started.
“This will give them hands on training in small business operations and give them the opportunity to be entrepreneurs.
“Seventeen containerised stores will be set up in the villages after successful applicants screening are finalized,” Parkop said.
He said that if the first phase of this project turns out well, the NCD would allocate another K1 million for other centres.
National manager Tony Lewis said that SVS launched the project to empower locals to become good business entrepreneurs.