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​Hectic year for NZFBC

News 19 Oct 2017

As the end of year approaches, the New Zealand Fiji Business Council has maintained its busy pace it started the year with.

The council recently had its annual general meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / NZ Trade and Enterprise offices.

Outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon Murray McCully was the guest speaker at the event which saw

Fijian High Commissioner to Aotearoa HE Filimone Waqabaca and Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) Chairman Peter Kiely attend, along with 35 council members including three honorary members for life Bruce Goldsworthy, Rick Reid and Michael Burgess.

Chandar Sen has been re-elected as President of the NZFBC and says he is honoured, and is looking forward to working with the incoming committee.

“It is pleasing to see some new faces on the executive committee,” he adds.

The council’s operating finances have been returned to its usual levels with a surplus this year compared to a deficit of last year, Chandar explains.

This surplus is a result of the hard work of the committee, especially the conference / 30th year celebrations subcommittee of Peter Lund, Anjnish Jokhan, Alan Foote and Christine Connon; and the ongoing support of sponsors and donors.

“Secretarial fees have also returned to the levels we have had in the past (other than last year where it was extraordinarily high and a key reason for the deficit).”

Trade in goods and services continue to grow between Fiji and NZ, so there are many opportunities arising for NZFBC members.

“We have a dynamic economic relationship approaching NZ$1 billion - both business councils’ (New Zealand and Fiji) membership has grown in response to this vibrant economic relationship,” Chandar says.

With membership numbers now steady at record levels, he adds this number can only increase further with the confidence of doing business in Fiji.

“I urge our members to continue with the efforts in growing our membership so we grow from strength to strength and we would like all New Zealand companies that have a business relationship with Fiji to become our members.”

The NZFBC has been in existence now for more 30 years, during which the key driver has been (and remains) the recognition of the importance of retaining a line of communication for business, irrespective of the relationship between the governments at the time, Chandar says.

He urges members to take advantage of what a NZFBC membership entitles them to, including showcasing their company in its newsletters, taking part in council organised events, taking part in events organised by other Pacific organisations, attending the conference and taking part in business missions.

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(Picture caption: AGM attendees Michael Burgess, Bruce Goldsworthy, HE Filimone Waqabaca, Hon Murray McCully, Chandar Sen and Rick Reid.)