Fiji Exporter of the Year Awards 2014
The Westpac Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards was held at the Sofitel Resort and Spa in Denarau last week. <!--more-->The premier annual event was organised by Investment Fiji, acknowledging the achievements of registered exporters competing in the global trade arena. It is a showcase of the "Best of the Best" in export of Fiji made products and services.
Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) Trade Managers, Jeremy Grennell (Australia), Teremoana Mato (New Zealand) and the Knowledge & Research Manager, Joe Fuavao (New Zealand) joined more than a hundred business people at the event.
In his keynote address Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, highlighted the importance of exports to Fiji’s economy, reiterating the government’s commitment to providing the environment and incentives that exporters need to grow.
He announced that next year, the government will introduce a zero percent tariff protection and other duty incentives to businesses which will bring in semi- finished products for completion in Fiji and for 100 percent export. This will also apply to bulk products brought into Fiji for packaging.
With exports up by 8 percent in 2014, Mr Bainimarama noted the beginning of a new era of confidence and trade for Fiji.
“I believe trade has to be one of our fundamental demarcations of economic prosperity. Fiji’s future depends on our ability to optimize our trading potential.”
A total of 17 awards including a new award for young entrepreneurs named the Ministry of Youth and Sports Youth Entrepreneur Award was won by Devesh and Bharos Farms.
Other award winners were Ram Sami and Sons (LICI Medium Exporter of the Year- Ram Sami and Sons; Tropik Woods Industries Limited (HFC Large Exporter of the Year); Ben’s Trading (RBF Agriculture Exporter of the Year); FMF Foods Ltd (Fiji Golden Manufacturers Ltd Manufacturing Exporter of the Year); and J. Hunter Pearls (Hangton Pacific Company Ltd Fisheries Exporter of the Year).
The winner of the overall award for the Westpac Prime Minister's Exporter of the Year was Mark One Apparel. The award was poignant being received on the eve of the company’s 25<sup>th</sup> Birthday. Further testimony to the company’s growing reputation, was earlier this year, the winner of the 2014 National Rugby League (NRL) South Sydney Rabbitohs wore the jerseys made in Fiji.
Pacific Islands Trade & Invest congratulates all the nominees and award winners of the 2014 Westpac Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards.