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Awards win encourages company to do better

By ELLEN STOLZ Not bad for a first try. Re-applying this year under the Forest category are the winners of the 2011 Exporter of the Year Awards (Forestry) who said
30 Sep 2012 09:04

By ELLEN STOLZ

Not bad for a first try. Re-applying this year under the Forest category are the winners of the 2011 Exporter of the Year Awards (Forestry) who said the win had immensely boosted their business.
Forest Supplies (Fiji) Limited managing director, Rajesh Chand, said last year was the first time his company had applied for the awards. He said he was surprised when  the company was declared the winner in the forest category.
Forest supplies target market for exports is currently Australia and New Zealand which is where the company receives positive response from their customers.
The 2012 Vodafone/Westpac Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards will take centre stage on November 17 at the awarding-winning InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Natadola Bay.
This year marks the 20th year of celebration with the global theme of “Celebrating 20 Years of Global Recognition.”
Mr Chand attributed his success to a team of people and said: “My success has come through contribution of a number of people like my family who has always supported all my decisions, my hardworking staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure all orders are delivered on a timely basis and most importantly our valued customers.”
“This award was like a dream come true for me. It is a lifetime achievement that appreciates my 18 years of hard work,” Mr Chand said.
With a vision of marketing Fiji timber to the world, Mr Chand said: “The company’s immediate plan includes getting advanced machinery to do profiles (mouldings) to sustain in the market in a competitive and quality way. Also to promote Fiji’s timber product world-wide.”
“Our company aims to get maximum recovery out of grade three and four Mahogany logs, value add and export and sell locally,” he said.
Mr Chand reiterated that fact that people especially in business needed to be motivated and the awards was the ideal platform for this.
“I believe everyone needs motivation for excellence. And this award has given me that internal motivation and encouragement so that I continue to do better each day.
“As the ‘Bhagwat Geeta’ verse teachers us – learning continues without an end so am I trying to learn for the prosperity for my country.”
He said the awards had promoted his company and its products not only locally but overseas as well.
“With more overseas customers we will have more orders thus more employment opportunities and more revenue for Fiji.
“We currently provide employment to locals mainly in the villages and this is expected to grow with my further expansion plans,” he added.
Applications for awards close on Friday October 19, 2012.




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