Staff Reporter –
As Fiji regains its status with the international community, more importantly with New Zealand, the respective governments, diplomatic missions and professional organisations are looking ahead for more collaborative ventures.
There is renewed hope and confidence among investors and businesses in New Zealand, especially those of Fijian origin on commercial and infrastructure projects in Fiji. They would have an opportunity to meet with top government officials and decision-makers in the South Pacific nation by joining a business mission.
Organised by the Fiji High Commission (Wellington), New Zealand Fiji Business Council (NZFBC) and Pacific Islands Trade and Invest (Auckland), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, the Mission, with its central theme ‘Building Opportunities Together,’ is preparing the first visit in 2015.
The delegation will be in Tanoa Plaza Hotel, Suva, Fiji from April 20 to 24.
“Restoration of democracy and the guaranteed equality for all citizens are reassuring with high level of political stability. This has opened up new avenues for engagement. The forthcoming business mission will hopefully explore those opportunities,” he said.
Inviting New Zealand and Fijian businesses to participate in the Mission, he said that one of the main aims of the visit is to raise awareness on Fiji’s economic and commercial potential and learn first-hand the friendly policies of the government.
“There is a win-win situation here. The Mission is working closely with the Fijian government and the private sector to put together a programme that would provide the visiting investors and businesspersons to explore specific business interests and meet with strategic contacts,” Mr Sen said.
According to him, the Programme would include discussions with a number of ministries, government departments and agencies, meetings with private sector undertakings and networking events.
Among the companies already registered to go to Fiji on the Mission are Auckland Abrasive Blasting & Coating (2005) Limited, Abhi’s Investment Fiji Limited, Advance Boiler Services (NZ) Limited, Akzo Nobel Coatings Limited, Concast Construction Limited, Fraser Thomas Limited, Global Signs; Indian Cuisines Co Limited, New Zealand Goldstone Group Corporation Limited, Polynesian Shipping Line, Ramwall Homes, Royal Global Marketing & Distributors NZ Limited and Schneider Electric (NZ) Limited.
Mission to Fiji
List of Contacts
Chandar Sen, President New Zealand Fiji Business Council; Phone (09) 6836400; Fax: (09) 6386402; Mobile: 021-467736; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harish Lodhia Honorary Consul of Fiji, Auckland; Phone: (09) 6293333; Fax: (09) 629 0500; Mobile: 021-626282; Email: email@example.com
Maraia Vakasilimiratu Acting First Secretary, Fiji High Commission, Wellington; Phone: (04) 4735401; Mobile 021-416148; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo : Chandra Sen