Business Council announces June Fiji trade mission

The New Zealand Fiji Business Council (NZFBC) has announced this year’s first trade and investment mission into Fiji. The mission will take place between Monday June 25 and Wednesday June 27. 

Two Businessmen Shaking Hands With New Zealander Flag As A Background

Fiji is New Zealand’s largest trading partner in the Pacific. Two-way trade is growing, with trade-in-goods totalling more than NZ$532 million last year. If trade-in-services, tourism, investment and remittance flows are added to the mix, this dynamic economic relationship adds up to about NZ$1 billion.

The country is one of the Pacific Island region’s most developed economies and is one of only two Pacific Island countries (the other being Papua New Guinea) that is included in the list of New Zealand’s 50 top trading partners.

Fiji’s economy (GDP) is estimated to have grown 3.8 per cent in 2017 on the back of a thriving tourism industry, manufacturing, natural resources including fisheries, forestry, mineral resources and agriculture.

More recently, Fiji has also emerged as an investment destination for the ICT industry with a growing number of call centre and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) operations establishing companies there.

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) NZ will be represented on the trade mission. PTI NZ Head of Investment Manuel Valdez says, “For those parties whose interests are more on inward investment or joint venture in Fiji, kindly state your preferred industries to visit in Fiji and we will arrange the necessary appointments.”

The PTI Pacific Hub website lists more than 30 projects for investment in Fiji, Mr Valdez said.

PTI NZ will also be conducting Path to Market workshops in Suva and Nadi coinciding with the mission, Ian Furlong, PTI NZ Trade Development Manager said.

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements and to book their own accommodation. However, the NZFBC has said Fiji Airways has offered a special rate of 10 per cent discount for delegates to the business mission. Fiji Airways fly Monday and Friday direct to Suva and every day to Nadi then connecting to Suva.

The Council has also secured a block booking at the Tanoa Hotel in Suva at a rate of $298 per night Superior Room with full breakfast or $269 per night Superior Room only. While booking quote NZ Business Council as reference.

 The mission fee is $490.00 + GST for Council members and $750.00 + GST for non-members (However, this includes membership to the Council for one year).

Last year the New Zealand Fiji Business Council celebrated its thirtieth anniversary.

Last month, Fiji opened a new Trade & Investment office in Auckland. Trade & Investment Manager Peter Rudd will accompany the mission to Fiji next month.

For more information please email PTI NZ Head of Investment Manuel Valdez at manuel.v@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz and for registration forms email Christine Connon at nzfbc@chamber.co.nz before May 31 2018. For questions on Path to Market workshops in Suva and Nadi, email PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong at ian.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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