PNG TRADE WAR THREAT LOOM­ING

Fiji tipped work­ing on re­solv­ing

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As an “all out” trade war threats looms from Pa­pua New Guinea end, the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment has mainly been mum about the whole fi­asco. How­ever, the Fiji Sun un­der­stands Fiji is in­deed look­ing into this mat­ter, and quite se­ri­ously. A lot of Fi­jian busi­nesses ex­port mer­chan­dise to PNG and a trade war could ul­ti­mately af­fect the busi­nesses’ bot­tom line. As the Post Courier re­ports, PNG has given Fiji un­til the end of Au­gust to lift the re­stric­tions on Pa­pua New Guinea’s prod­ucts, in­clud­ing its fa­mous Ox and Palm, or risk an all out trade war. PNG’s Trade, Com­merce and In­dus­try Min­is­ter, Richard Maru, said: “Fiji has now been put on no­tice.

“If it fails to take im­me­di­ate ac­tions to re­solve its un­fair and il­le­gal trade prac­tices, then the PNG Gov­ern­ment will have no choice but to take ac­tions to seek re­dress.”

In his last state­ment on this is­sue, Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Sid­diq Koya, has al­ready em­pha­sised Fiji has placed no un­nec­es­sary re­stric­tions on PNG im­ports. How­ever, he stated im­ports from PNG, like any other coun­try, will be per­mit­ted into Fiji, pro­vided it sat­is­fies our biose­cu­rity re­quire­ments.

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