Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya officiated at the fourth New-Fiji Business Council meeting at Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva today.

Speaking to stakeholders, Koya highlighted Fiji and New Zealand are natural trading partners and we must work together to reach the full potential of our relationship by exploring means and ways of further engagement.

“Two-way trade in goods of the two countries reached $992.2 million in 2017. And around $71 million worth of New Zealand investments were registered last year in tourism, services, wholesale and retail sectors, Koya said.

“As a Government and Ministry, we stand ready to work side-by-side with the business community in New Zealand to further ignite the trade and investment between our two countries.”

Koya highlighted that in order to strengthen Fiji’s trade and investment relations, Fiji has established the Fijian Trade Commission office in Auckland, earlier this year.

“Through the Trade Commission we will redouble our efforts in attracting more investments and market for Fijian Made products.”

In attendance was Fiji’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, Filimone Waqabaca and New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Mr Jonathan Curr.

The three day meeting will focus on areas; investment opportunities in Fiji, Doing business in Fiji for New Zealand investors, other areas of interest for both countries.

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