Investment Fiji CEO Craig Strong and Board Chair Jenny Seeto connected with Fiji’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, H.E. Mr Filimone Waqabaca and Fiji Trade Commission New Zealand, Manager Trade & Investment, Peter Rudd on coordination between Fiji and New Zealand to build capacity for its exporters and key stakeholders.
H.E. Mr Waqabaca commended Investment Fiji’s efforts in connecting with its Trade Offices and High Commissions to keep track of the current situation and identify key market opportunities.
“We’ve been in discussions with the New Zealand Fiji Business Council and NZ importers from Fiji on areas of interest and build capacity for existing exporters to meet the demand and supply chains. We are also lobbying for Fiji’s inclusion for the travel bubble in efforts to fast-track discussions on the ground. There are opportunities for Fiji in the NZ market in the areas of agriculture which we can build capacity.”
Mr Rudd added that there is huge potential for Fiji to tap into trade, manufacturing and building capacity for Fijian exporters.
Mr Strong said the team will conduct monthly virtual meetings with its NZ Trade office and High Commission and work closely with the team to kick-start on planning and processes for future webinars and e-seminars.
“We’ve been developing marketing plans for our six key trading partners and this gives us an opportunity to formulate building blocks and work on bottlenecks especially for our exporters in terms of doing business. We need to promote that Fiji is open for business.”