The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Investment Roadshow and Trade Fair is gaining private sector support.
ANZ Fiji yesterday presented a cheque of $30,000 for this event.
It will be held in Nadi from August 5 to 7.
The Permanent Secretary for Industry and Trade, Shaheen Ali said the support shown is a clear indication of ANZ’s commitment to the Government and also the MSG region.
He stressed this as the event was not in the Government’s National Budget.
“With support from companies like ANZ, I’m sure Fiji will host a very successful MSG Investment Roadshow and Trade Fair,” he said.
“Also get the optimum returns that we expect from this roadshow and trade fair which is to further the business economic activity, trade between the MSG countries.”
Concurrent with forum meet
The event will be running concurrently with the Pacific Islands Development Forum hosted by the Fijian Government.
Mr Ali said the roadshow and trade fair had been specifically designed to provide the much-needed influence to all Pacific leaders for the forum meeting.
“The event will try to leverage the presence of all the 26 Pacific leaders who will be present and the private sector companies that will be present at the important event to gain the exposure and the interest of MSG firms,” he noted.
“The dates are concurrent with the Pacific Islands Development Forum which will be also hosted by the Fijian Government and of course that was by design, not by coincidence.”
Growing the economy
In response, ANZ chief executive Pacific and Fiji operations, Vishnu Mohan, said the sponsorship was in line with ANZ’s commitment to grow the economy.
“This actually fits very well with our strategy of promote create flow creating investment flow,” Mr Mohan said.
“We are a bank that supports trade, investment and people flows across the Asia pacific region, and I wish to thank the Government of Fiji and the MSG for allowing ANZ the privilege of this partnership.”
Mobile Phone Banking
Mr Mohan also highlighted they will soon roll out their Pacific-based Mobile Phone Banking product in Fiji.
“Initially, we are launching it in four countries which are Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa,” he said.
(Source: Fiji Sun)