PRIME MINISTER COMMENDS MICRO BUSINESS OPERATORS AT LAUNCH OF VEIVUETI CO-OPERATIVE LIMITED

Launch of Veivueti Co-Operative Limited11/12/2013

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama has commended the Veivueti Co-Operative Limited for their commitment to establishing their own taxi base services.

Launching the Veivueti Co-Operative Limited new taxi base, the Prime Minister said that the drivers can be satisfied and proud of their initiative which should be a model for those wanting to start their own business.

“You haven’t waited for government or someone else to suggest an idea or come up with a plan,” PM Bainimarama said. “You’ve done it yourselves.”

Veivueti Taxis Chairman, Lepani Matea in thanking the Prime Minister for launching their new taxi base said that the co-operative included drivers who worked hard to achieve their dream of having a fully fledged taxi company.

“We have invited the head of government today to show him the culmination of our hard work and sheer determination,” Mr Matea said.

60 year old Taxi driver, Parama Nand said that he joined the co-operative in 2011 after facing problems from a local taxi base that he was driving for.

“Before I used to face a lot of problems with the other drivers so I decided to join Veivueti after the chairman offered to assist me,” Mr Nand said.

“I don’t have any regrets since then and I enjoy driving here and being a member of this co-operative, all the drivers treat me like their own brother.”

The new taxi base features an office, a drivers’ lounge and a wide screen for tracking the GPS system that will soon be installed in the Nausori based cars.

Established in March 2011 with 11 cars, the co-operative to date has 48 taxis and 1 mini bus.