MEET­ING:

Fiji holds di­a­logue with the China Cham­ber of In­ter­na­tional Com­merce

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The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism, Sha­heen Ali, met with the Deputy Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the China Cham­ber of In­ter­na­tional Com­merce (CCOIC), Cai Guofeng last Wed­nes­day, in Bei­jing, China.

The meet­ing was to dis­cuss es­tab­lish­ing for­mal link­ages be­tween Fi­jian and Chi­nese Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tions, as well as, es­tab­lish­ing the China-Fiji Busi­ness Coun­cil, in Bei­jing.

The China Cham­ber of In­ter­na­tional Com­merce (CCOIC) was es­tab­lished in 1988 by the State Coun­cil, there­fore, is Chi­nese Govern­ment backed and recog­nised. The CCOIC has a mem­ber­ship of about 500,000 busi­nesses in China. Its mem­bers are not only lim­ited to elite busi­nesses, but also in­cludes small and medium size en­ter­prises.

It is also a na­tional cham­ber of com­merce rep­re­sent­ing China’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the In­ter­na­tional Cham­ber of Com­merce (ICC) and its busi­ness unit is the China Coun­cil for the Pro­mo­tion of In­ter­na­tional Trade (CCPIT).

“The meet­ing fur­ther dis­cussed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing be­tween the Min­istry and CCOIC or rel­e­vant agency such as, In­vest­ment Fiji and also busi­ness to busi­ness links with the most rep­re­sen­ta­tive in­dus­try association in Fiji”, added Mr. Ali.

“There­fore, the es­tab­lish­ment of a for­mal ties be­tween the pri­vate sec­tors of the two coun­tries, is the con­duit to fur­ther en­hanc­ing eco­nomic ties and also en­sur­ing that gen­uine and qual­ity Chi­nese in­vest­ments are be­ing re­alised in Fiji”,” he said.

Mr Ali said the ob­jec­tive of a pro­posed busi­ness coun­cil would be to bring to­gether, in a more for­mal and or­gan­ised man­ner, var­i­ous Fi­jian and Chi­nese busi­ness en­ti­ties, which have in­ter­est in meet­ing, ini­ti­at­ing and ex­pand­ing busi­ness ties with each other”

“This plat­form can also be used to dis­sem­i­nate ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion about trade and in­vest­ment poli­cies in the two coun­tries as well as pro­vide a con­duit for ad­vanc­ing trade and in­vest­ment ex­changes in the form of trade mis­sions, in­vest­ment sem­i­nars, and tourism road­shows.”

Mr Ali also shed light on the Fi­jian Govern­ment’s fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing the Fi­jian econ­omy in a sus­tain­able man­ner and at­tract­ing high qual­ity in­vest­ments that are en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious, which was strongly sup­ported by CCOIC.

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