Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has highlighted the need to open a Trade Commission in a strategic location in Australia.
He told participants of the two-day National Workshop on Fiji’s Trade Policy Framework at the Holiday Inn Suva yesterday of this.
“We don’t have a trade representative in our largest trading partners, Australia and the Pacific Islands, which combined accounts for 40 per cent of Fiji’s total trade,” he said.
“So it stands to reason that we have enormous untapped potential in Australia and the Pacific Region that we are still to capitalise on, especially in the manufacturing sector.”
Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama further suggested the possibility of appointing a roving Trade Commissioner in the Pacific.
He said these were in the pipeline as his Government recognises the need for increased trade representation in some of Fiji’s key trading partners to boost our overall effort.
An eager world
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary for Industry and Trade, Shaheen, Ali said the watershed reforms and efforts by the Prime Minister has led to Fiji taking its rightful place in the international sphere.
“We now have the rest of the world willing and eager to engage and do business with Fiji,” he said.
(Source: Fiji Sun)