Bilateral linkages flourish across multi-levels

Picture caption: L-R Managing Director of Alrite Steel and Services NZ Ltd Bhaskar Sharma, Trade Development Manager PTI Ian Furlong, Honorary Consul General of Fiji Harish Lodhia, Acting Trade and Investment Commissioner Manuel Valdez, at the New Zealand Fiji Business Council and Fiji New Zealand Business Council Annual Joint Conference.

Bilateral linkages across many levels were encouraged and celebrated by the New Zealand Fiji Business Council (NZFBC) and Fiji New Zealand Business Council (FNZBC) at their Annual Joint Conference.

President of NZFBC Chandar Sen welcomed the participants, including Pacific Trade Invest, sponsors and donors, subcommittee members, and speakers to the conference, which was based on the theme: Towards Two Billion Trading Relationships.

Speaking at the August 29 conference staged at Auckland’s Eden Park, Chandar says he is encouraged to see bilateral linkages flourishing across all levels - not just trade and commerce - between Fiji and New Zealand.

Fiji Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Hon. Premila Kumar attended the conference, which shows the importance placed on the trade and economic relationship by both governments, Chandar says.

Minister Kumar also took to the stage at the conference, touching on strategic policy thrusts, and on the increasing “ease of doing business” in Fiji.

“The Government is currently focusing on digital transformation to increase foreign investment into the country,” she adds.

Minister Kumar recognises New Zealand is ranked No. 1 in the Economy Rankings Ease of Doing Business, and she adds the Fiji Government is eager to follow the path of the New Zealand investment policy.

“The Fiji Government wants to eradicate too much red tape and will change the Investment Act and there are several investment projects, particularly around developing economic zones in Lautoka and other areas.”

Meanwhile, FNZBC President Vinay Narsey says he is grateful to Chandar and his team to have delivered an interesting and insightful conference, as well as working hard to facilitate discussions around working towards a $2 billion relationship.

“Fiji will always be looking forward to doing things better from the learnings of today’s programme,” Vinay says.

For more information about the bilateral linkages, email PTI Acting Trade and Investment Commissioner Manuel Valdez: