Busy year ahead for NZ-Fiji Business Council

22/03/2016

“The New Zealand-Fiji Business Council has a full year ahead,” says council Chairman Chandar Sen. The council had its first meeting of the year last week and a number of calendar events have been chalked out will be bedded in at meetings of the Executive Committee in the coming days, Mr Sen told <em>Pacific Periscope</em>.

[caption id="attachment_7751" align="alignleft" width="400"]<a href="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/rsz_1chandar_LARGE.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-7751" src="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/rsz_1chandar_LARGE.jpg" alt="New Zealand-Fiji Business Council Chairman Chander Sen." width="400" height="304" /></a> New Zealand-Fiji Business Council Chairman Chandar Sen.[/caption]

Detailing some of the highlights in this year’s calendar, Mr Sen said the council was looking forward to hosting a delegation from Fiji, which in concert with local members, will conduct a road show in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and possibly Christchurch-Canterbury regions.  That road show is planned in conjunction with Export New Zealand in April.

A business mission from New Zealand into Fiji is planned for late June-early July to coincide with the council and its Fiji-based reciprocal counterpart’s annual conference. “A sub-committee for this event is being formed as we speak,” Mr Chander said. “We will release the details shortly.” The business mission is a further development of plans discussed and agreed upon last year, said Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest Investment Manager and Chief Operating Officer Manuel Valdez, who attended last week’s meeting, and who also sits on the Executive Committee.

Speaking of the road show and the business mission, Mr Sen said that the council was consciously trying to make the events “less seminar and classroom-type” and more of “one-on-one business engagements”, keeping generalised presentations brief and to the minimum. He said the investment climate in Fiji had greatly improved and it was an opportune time for New Zealand businesses to seriously consider opportunities for investment and collaborations. Aviation links between the two countries were further strengthened last year with the introduction of the Wellington-Nadi flights.

Also on the cards for the council in the coming weeks is an official welcome for the newly appointed High Commissioner of Fiji in New Zealand, H E Filimone Waqabaca, who has already presented his credentials to the New Zealand Government. “The welcome ceremony has been planned for March 8,” Mr Sen said. The council is also planning a farewell for outgoing head of mission Mere Tora on a date to be announced soon.

For more details, please email Manuel Valdez, Investment Manager and Chief Operating Officer at manuel.v@pacifictradeinvst.co.nz

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