Over­seas im­port risk as­sess­ments in PNG con­cludes

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The Fi­jian del­e­ga­tion cur­rently in Pa­pua New Guinea over trade dis­pute has com­pleted the Over­seas Im­port Risk As­sess­ments (OVIRA).

OVIRA is a critical biose­cu­rity re­quire­ment un­der the Fi­jian Biose­cu­rity Pro­mul­ga­tion 2008. These as­sess­ments have been con­ducted on the Ox & Palm corned beef, Trukai Ruce and Lae Bis­cuits. Fiji’s Trade Com­mis­sioner to Pa­pua New Guinea, Nav­i­ta­lai Tuiv­u­ni­wai, con­firm­ing this said they will now await Biose­cu­rity Au­thor­ity of Fiji to fi­nalise the re­port. He said a de­ci­sion on the im­ports of the dis­puted prod­ucts will be made once the re­port has been fi­nalised. Over­all, Mr Tuiv­u­ni­wai de­scribed the talks with the Pa­pua New Guinea Min­is­ter for Trade, Richard Maru, had been quite pos­i­tive. “The del­e­ga­tion has been well re­ceived and ac­corded high­est level of as­sis­tance and co­op­er­a­tion,” he said. “This has come from the PNG govern­ment, Na­tional Agri­cul­ture Quar­an­tine and In­spec­tion Au­thor­ity (NAQIA) and the as­so­ci­ated man­u­fac­tur­ers to un­der­take the rel­e­vant as­sess­ments. “The team will present a de­tailed re­port to govern­ment upon its re­turn.” A Fi­jian Trade del­e­ga­tion in­clud­ing the Fiji’s Trade Com­mis­sioner to Pa­pua New Guinea and of­fi­cials from the Biose­cu­rity Au­thor­ity of Fiji is in PNG this week. They held meet­ings with rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties and man­u­fac­tur­ers in Port Moresby and Lae in ef­forts to re­solve the cur­rent trade im­passe be­tween the two coun­tries.

The Fi­jian del­e­ga­tion at Hugo Heinz Can­ning Lim­ited fac­tory which man­u­fac­tur­ers Ox & Palm corned beef.

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