News 9 May 2017
The New Zealand Fiji Business Council (NZFBC) and its sister organisation, the Suva-based Fiji NZ Business Council (FNZBC) are holding their annual joint conference in Auckland on June 15, with a theme Strong Relations, Stronger Nations.
This year marks the NZFBC’s 30th anniversary and while the last three decades has not been without some turbulence for NZ and Fiji, trade and economic linkages have remained resilient and underpinned the two countries’ relationship during this time.
Both NZFBC and FNZBC have played a vital role in providing a line of communication for businesses in both countries, and they have worked together effectively with regular business missions and engagement.
There is much to celebrate in 2017 - Fiji is NZ’s largest trading partner in the Pacific and two-way trade is in growth mode, with trade-in-goods totalling more than NZ$518 million last year.
If trade-in-services, tourism, investment and remittance flows are added to the mix, there is a dynamic economic relationship approaching NZ$1 billion.
Both Councils have seen an increased membership in response to this vibrant economic relationship.
This year’s conference will focus on how NZ and Fiji can continue to build a strong economic partnership to the benefit of both countries.
The Fiji and NZ Prime Ministers and Ministers of Trade have been extended formal invitations to the one-day conference, concluding with cocktails and dinner at the Pullman Hotel.