A two-day Fiji-Japan Trade and Investment Symposium was held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa in Denarau on July 9-10.
The symposium was co-hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Tokyo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Fiji, and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism Fiji and Investment Fiji.
The event was well attended with 134 people from government officials of both Fiji and Japan, as well as private sectors being present.
The symposium was held in cooperation with the Government of Japan, in particular of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the Embassy of Japan in Fiji, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Pacific Islands Centre (PIC).
The symposium aimed at driving business growth between Fiji and Japan, as a follow-up to the “Fiji Trade and Investment Seminar” held in September 2017 in Tokyo, that was co-hosted by the Fiji Embassy in Tokyo, JETRO and Pacific Island Centre (PIC), which is an office of the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Network in Japan. PIC Deputy Director also attended this symposium and had a valuable experience obtaining local up-to-date information.
Trade between Fiji and Japan has increased from F$152.6 million in 2013 to F$257.5 million in 2017 – by 69 per cent.
The symposium began with welcome remarks from Isikeli Mataitoga, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Japan, followed by an address by the guest of honour, Fijian Minister of Trade, Industry & Tourism Hon. Faiyaz Koya and Hon. Katsunori Takahashi, Japan’s Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
Following the opening ceremony, a presentation focusing on insights in trade and investment was delivered by Fijian government representatives and private sector representatives.
The second day of the two-day event involved business networking, exchange of ideas and gathering of information.
Of the 134 participants, 61 were Fiji Government officials, 16 were from the Japanese Government with the remaining 57 made up of Fijian (21) and Japanese (36) private sector representatives respectively.
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