The Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Hon. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya yesterday met with the President of the Australia-Fiji Business Council, Mr. Pawson and other members of the Australia business community, in Sydney, Australia, as part of his visit to further strengthen trade and investment relations with Australia.
“This visit is an opportunity for the Fijian Government to engage with key Australian investors, explore market access opportunities for Fijian exporters and also introduce the Consul General/Trade Commissioner (designate) to stakeholders”, Hon. Minister stated.
“The business lunch was an opportunity for investors and stakeholders to obtain information on key Government policies, reforms and initiatives announced in the 2016-2017 National Budget”, Minister Koya added.
The Hon. Minister reassured investors of the Fijian Government’s continued commitment and support to expand Fiji’s economic base, as well as maintain a conducive business environment through stable, inclusive and consistent policies that foster private sector led growth and investment.
“The meetings held thus far with potential Australian investors have reflected confidence in the Fijian economy with firm interest shown in Fiji’s dairy, rice, tourism and ICT sectors”, stated the Minister.
The Hon. Minister added that the Fijian Government’s initiative of establishing a Service and Manufacturing Zone in the Western Division was also welcomed by Australian investors, particularly those that were interested in manufacturing, IT and business process outsourcing sectors.
The Australia-Fiji Business Council has indicated their support for the infrastructure investments undertaken by the Fijian Government that is transforming Fiji’s economy, strengthening its competitiveness and has positioned Fiji as the hub of the Pacific region.
Whilst in Sydney, the Hon. Minister was interviewed by ABC, and other media agencies on the Fijian economic and the growing Fiji-Australian economic relations. He will also be meeting with international agencies and investors from the renewable energy and the sports tourism sectors.