The Australia-Fiji Business Council stands as evidence of the intimate economic relationship between the two countries, Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has said.
Speaking at the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Council held at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel last night (October 16, 2019), he said that this is a relationship whose strength is owed in no small way to the business communities of Fiji and Australia’s commitment to strengthening such bond every year.
“Over the years, this Forum has evolved to become a hallmark event for Australian business people who are looking to Fiji for investment and business opportunities. With over 120 companies as Members, the Council has become the perfect space for any business engaged in bilateral trade or looking to engage in the future,” he said.
Mr Bainimarama said that the presence of a large delegation from Fiji indicated the support that the Council gets from Fiji and the Fijian government.
“As we come together for this year’s event, joined by the highest levels of government from both Fiji and Australia, it is clear now more than ever that this Forum is a dynamic platform for exchanging ideas, engaging in networking and exploring business opportunities between our two countries,” he said.
The Fijian delegation to the Forum included Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Minister Premila Kumar, Agriculture, Waterways and Environment Minister Mahendra Reddy, Permanent Secretary at PMO, Sugar Industry and Immigration Yogesh Kiran (who is also Acting Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs), Permanent Secretary at Industry, Trade and Tourism Shaheen Ali and Fiji’s High Commissioner to Australia Luke Daunivalu.
Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama speaking in Brisbane yesterday (Facebook Picture)