Sym­po­sium In NZ to Pro­mote trade, In­vest­ment Op­por­tu­ni­ties In Fiji

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama will be a keynote speaker at the event, along with the Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Sid­diq Koya

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The Fiji Trade and In­vest­ment Sym­po­sium next week in New Zealand is hoped to en­cour­age New Zealand in­vestors to con­sider Fiji as a vi­able in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion.

This would be in the ar­eas of ICT, tourism, light man­u­fac­tur­ing and agri­cul­ture sec­tors. The Sym­po­sium will be held on October 20 at the Stam­ford Plaza Ho­tel in Auck­land. Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama will be a keynote speaker at the event, along with the Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Sid­diq Koya.

This will be Mr Bain­i­marama’s first of­fi­cial visit to New Zealand in his role as the Prime Min­is­ter. The sym­po­sium is be­ing or­gan­ised by the Fi­jian High Com­mis­sioner, Fil­imone Waqabaca, in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of Trade and Tourism and the Of­fice of the Con­sular Gen­eral and Trade Com­mis­sioner. Mr Waqabaca said they also hope to urge more New Zealand busi­nesses to source Fi­jian-made prod­ucts for New Zealand con­sumers.

There will also be valu­able op­por­tu­ni­ties for par­tic­i­pants to lis­ten to and net­work with se­nior ex­ec­u­tives from key Fi­jian gov­ern­ment agen­cies as well as the pri­vate sec­tor.

“It is a great hon­our to have the Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter join­ing us at the Sym­po­sium,” Mr Waqabaca said.

“We hope will at­tract a range of del­e­gates – from ex­ist­ing busi­ness peo­ple who have in­ter­ests in Fiji al­ready, to new in­vestors con­tem­plat­ing get­ting in­volved in busi­ness in the fo­cus ar­eas.”

Grow­ing mem­bers

NZ Fiji Busi­ness Coun­cil Pres­i­dent, Chan­dar Sen, said the Sym­po­sium is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the 80-plus mem­bers of the coun­cil, a num­ber which has grown dra­mat­i­cally

over the past three years. “It will be ad­van­ta­geous for our mem­bers to hear the Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter Faiyaz Sid­diq Koya speak and to meet mem­bers in New Zealand,” Mr Sen said.

“Fiji has re­ceived a vote of con­fi­dence from the busi­ness com­mu­nity in New Zealand due to the busi­ness-friendly frame­works the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment has in place. “More and more, peo­ple are look­ing to Fiji to do busi­ness. Ear­lier this year we took around 30 mem­bers to Fiji for the NZ Fiji Busi­ness Coun­cil Busi­ness Mis­sion. In the past, we have had around 10-12 peo­ple only. “This month we had a quar­ter of our mem­bers at­tend the joint busi­ness con­fer­ence (Com­bined Fiji-NZ/NZ-Fiji Busi­ness Coun­cil Con­fer­ence at Pa­cific Har­bour, Fiji).

“This is an in­di­ca­tor of the re­newed con­fi­dence in Fiji.” Both Mr Waqabaca and Mr Sen are an­tic­i­pat­ing a good turnout at the Sym­po­sium which they be­lieve will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and many po­ten­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties for those who at­tend.

At the re­cent NZ Fiji Busi­ness Coun­cil Mis­sion to Fiji - From left: NZ Fiji Busi­ness Coun­cil Pres­i­dent, Chan­dar Sen, Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Sid­diq Koya, New Zealand Am­bas­sador to Fiji, Mark Rams­den, Fi­jian High Com­mis­sioner to New Zealand, Fil­imone Waqabaca and In­vest­ment Fiji chief ex­ec­u­tive, Godo Müller-Teut.

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