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A New Era Of Confidence

Fiji is at the beginning of a new era of confidence and trade, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Speaking at the Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards at the
23 Nov 2014 11:33
A New Era Of Confidence
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the winners of the 2014 Westpac Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa last night. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji is at the beginning of a new era of confidence and trade, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Speaking at the Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa last night he said: “We are leaders in our Pacific Island community and respected for the contributions we make in the world—at the United Nations, in our region, and in peacekeeping operations in the world’s troubled spots. We have earned a place at the table.

“The proof is the visits here this week of the leaders of the world’s two largest countries, home to more than 2.5 billion people.”

With our exports growing by eight per cent this year, Mr Bainimarama said further growth was expected.

“This growth is broad-based. All our exports are growing and contributing to this trend.

“Our imports are growing, too, and that is another good sign. Thanks in part to our exporters; people have more disposable income to spend on goods.

“And many of these imports are also products our exporters use to support their businesses.”

Mr Bainimarama also challenged the exporters that they have to have the drive to find new markets for Fiji.

“You take the risks. Government’s job is to establish the conditions to help you succeed and get out of your way. This is precisely what we did – we created an enabling environment and got out of your way and let you get to work.

“We can achieve a lot more together. We will achieve a lot more together. This is only the beginning. Success breeds success,” Mr Bainimarama said.

The Prime Minister also encouraged them not to confine their competitiveness to other small island states but to compete with some of the largest economies in the world.

“From agriculture to technology, our products have to be of high quality, and we have to have the skills and the management ability to innovate and adapt.”

Mr Bainimarama said “Fijian Made” products needed to be synonymous with quality.

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