Imports & Exports 4 Oct 2019
The annual Fiji Business Mission organised by the NZ Fiji Business Council in partnership with Investment Fiji has been hailed as 'the most successful' mission to date.
The mission which concluded last week included a delegation from various sectors in New Zealand, keen to explore investment and trade opportunities in Fiji.
President of the New Zealand-Fiji Business Council, Chandar Sen said that although he has been leading the missions for the past five years, this year was slightly different due to New Zealand's Minister for Economic Development, Trade and Export Hon. David Parker who accompanied the delegation showing New Zealand's commitment to strengthen trade ties with Fiji.
During the mission, Minister Parker announced that the New Zealand Government will join Australia and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the Fiji Partnership, an initiative focused on driving economic growth, employment and private sector development in Fiji.
"The Fiji Partnership's strategic priorities align well with those of New Zealand, which is to focus on sustainable economic development, which is reliant on strong private sector investment to create jobs and opportunity," Minister Parker stated.
Fiji's Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Hon. Premila Kumar, who is an active supporter of the council's efforts was also present at the mission alongside NZ High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr. Jonathan Curr who shared with the mission delegates that Fiji have an abundance of untapped resources that needs to be utilised.
"I think there's a lot of work that we can do between New Zealand and Fiji to strengthen Fiji's ability to take advantage of some of those opportunities." Mr. Curr said,
"And we in New Zealand have a track record of doing well to be able to share some of that experience with Fiji and help that side of things lift up."
The week-long programme consisted of site visits to a number of companies including Pure Fiji, Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND) and RC Manubai Group of Companies. It was an opportunity for delegates to see first-hand, Fiji producing quality goods in their agriculture and manufacturing sectors.
Fiji is New Zealand's largest Pacific Island trading partner and the only Pacific country to rank among New Zealand's top 20 trading partners.
Image: L - R: PCF Board Trustee Andrew Wilson, Hon. David Parker, PCF Chair Nicole Metzger and PCF Board Trustee John Fiso