News 25 Mar 2019
(PCF Chief Executive pictured with Hon. Premila Kumar. Pic credit: Indian Newslink)
Members and stakeholders of the Fiji Trade Commission to Australia and New Zealand were in high spirits as their Auckland office recently celebrated its first anniversary.
The Trade Commission, which already has an office in Sydney, Australia, established its branch in Auckland a year ago to promote Fijian trade and investment in the New Zealand market to create jobs and economic growth for Fiji.
To mark the milestone, the Trade Commission, Fiji High Commission to New Zealand and the New Zealand Fiji Business Council hosted a reception for Hon. Premila Kumar, the Fijian Minister of Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development.
The minister acknowledged the successful partnership between New Zealand and Fiji,
"Today we recognise the growing strength of the New Zealand Fiji relationship."
"New Zealand's bilateral engagement with Fiji continues to be enhanced in terms of two-way trade, tourism and investment as the Fijian economy is soaring to a record 10th consecutive year of economic growth."
"New Zealand has been one of Fiji's top ten export destination over the past five years. With exports to New Zealand valued at FJ$110 million average every year."
"New Zealand has been one of the Fiji's top five import markets, in 2017 the highest number of imports from New Zealand valued at FJ$858.1 million dollars (NZ$586 million)."
Highlighting Fiji's reputation as the hub of the Pacific, Ms. Kumar says the Fijian Trade Commission office in Auckland will continue to guide Fijian and New Zealand businesses on entering either markets, as well as provide information for Kiwi tourists planning on visiting Fiji.
"It is the duty of this office to give these entrepreneurs the confidence and the opportunity to market their products on all shelves across New Zealand and also launch their services in the New Zealand market."
"I'm also happy to note that more Kiwis continue to visit Fiji every year. The Fijian Government has many exciting events planned for the New Zealand market in the coming year."
The Fiji Trade Commission will work alongside the New Zealand Fiji Business Council again to host the Trade and Investment Roadshow in May, followed by the annual NZFBC conference on Thursday 29 August.