Hopes to at­tract more US in­vestors in Nadi

Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try as­sures sup­port to Fiji-USA Busi­ness Coun­cil to fa­cil­i­tate re­quests

Fiji Sun - - Sunbiz - WAISEA NASOKIA EDITED BY: RACHNA LAL

The Nadi Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try is hope­ful more in­vestors from USA would con­sider in­vest­ing in Nadi. Cham­ber Pres­i­dent, Dr Ram Raju, high­lighted there are not many US-based busi­nesses in Nadi and there­fore they would be very much wel­come. He said Sher­a­ton Fiji Re­sort, which has now be­come a part of the US-based Mar­riot Group, was a good ex­am­ple and bench­mark which could be used.

“This there­fore forces to have more vis­its by the US trade sec­tor and look for such op­por­tu­nity to ex­change ideas and foster bet­ter re­la­tion­ship for fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tions,” he said. His com­ments were made dur­ing a joint meet­ing be­tween the cham­ber, Fiji-USA Busi­ness Coun­cil and the US Em­bassy. The meet­ing was held on Tues­day at the Sen­tai Restau­rant in Nadi. Dr Raju has as­sured the Fiji-USA Busi­ness Coun­cil that it will as­sist and fa­cil­i­tate to set up more US-in­vestor foot­prints in Nadi Town which is sched­uled to be a city by next year. Mean­while, the Fiji-US Busi­ness Coun­cil has given its com­mit­ment to try its best to bring more US-busi­nesses to Nadi. Busi­ness Coun­cil Pres­i­dent, Naren­dra Reddy, said the meet­ing was part of the on­go­ing measures taken by the coun­cil. This was to work closely with the US Em­bassy and the other Cham­bers to cre­ate greater aware­ness among busi­nesses who had the po­ten­tial to be­gin trade with the US.

“This is for those who have an in­ter­est to do busi­ness or trade with US com­pa­nies,” he said.

Shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences

US Em­bassy deputy chief of mis­sion, Doug Son­nek, said th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tion part­ner­ships are founded on one as­pect and that was busi­ness con­trib­utes to­wards the pro­duc­tiv­ity of the econ­omy.

“Fiji is very im­por­tant for re­gional strat­egy in terms of trade,” he said. “We want to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where good dis­cus­sion for rules and reg­u­la­tions on busi­nesses are tak­ing place on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.” Mr Son­nek said there is a lot of ways cre­ated by the Gov­ern­ment and the US Em­bassy to ex­tend trade. “Some have en­coun­tered hard­ship in busi­ness and sup­port. We are here to find good ideas from your col­leagues,” he said. He urged the busi­ness stakeholders to come to­gether col­lec­tively to al­low their ex­pe­ri­ences to be shared and voices to be heard should there be any is­sues. “Our fo­cus over the past three years has been in a num­ber of ar­eas,” Mr Son­nek said.

“This is to strengthen the ca­pac­ity, to deal with the neg­a­tive ef­fect of cli­mate change in South Pa­cific, to sup­port busi­ness in the re­new­able in­dus­tries and to strength­en­ing demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions.”

Fiji is very im­por­tant for re­gional strat­egy in terms of trade. We want to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where good dis­cus­sion for rules and reg­u­la­tions on busi­nesses are tak­ing place on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Doug Son­nek

US Em­bassy Deputy Chief of Mis­sion

Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA.

Fiji-US Busi­ness Coun­cil pres­i­dent Naren­dra Reddy (seated sec­ond from left), US Em­bassy Deputy Chief of Mis­sion Doug Son­nek, with the Nadi Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try at the Sen­tai Restau­rant in Nadi last Tues­day.

Nadi Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try Pres­i­dent, Dr Ram Raju.

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