The 2017 FDB’s National SME Awards was held on 9 February 2018 at the Grand Pacific Hotel. Thirteen SMEs were recognized under three main categories of Developing SMEs, Value-adding SMEs and Responsive SMEs. The Special Awards Category recognized SMEs that have shown exceptional effort in contributing towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 5, 10 and 13: Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities and Climate Action.
The Bank has proudly secured sponsors and partners that share the common objective of promoting our SMEs to develop and excel in their sectors, add-value to the economy, be responsive to climate change and to progress global goals.
Each of our sponsors – our Development Ambassadors as we brand them, provide sponsorship at the value of the prize money for awards that they add-value to and vice-versa. Our partners were also selected based on their business practices and their commitment towards our shared common goals.
We express our gratitude to six of our long standing partners: Quality Print, Sun Insurance, Vinod Patel, New India Assurance, Reserve Bank of Fiji and Fiji Television Ltd.
And, we welcome nine new partners: Fijian Holdings Ltd, Kookai, Fiji Sun, Mechanical Services Ltd, Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism, and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. Thank you for your sponsorship.
Our Creative Partner, Art & Soul, Event Partner, Orange Productions, and our Special Partner, J. Hunter Pearls.