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More Jobs For Fijians

Two hundred jobs will be created by a new $25 million Punjas biscuit factory that opened in Lautoka yesterday. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who opened the factory, said he was
14 Dec 2014 10:14
More Jobs For Fijians
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the Punjas biscuit factory at Navutu, Lautoka, yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Two hundred jobs will be created by a new $25 million Punjas biscuit factory that opened in Lautoka yesterday.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who opened the factory, said he was impressed.

“There is much to be impressed about with this new facility. It is a 25-million dollar investment in the latest food production technology from Italy. It will immediately create 100 new jobs and another 200 over the next two years.”

He said the impressive dimension about this project was that more than half of the biscuits produced here would be exported.

“The quality of those biscuits demonstrates how far we’ve come as manufacturers in Fiji.”

Fiji, he said, was no longer merely exporters of cabin crackers for the Pacific market, which it had been for many years. Now it was exporting high-grade biscuits destined for the morning and afternoon tea tables of Australia, New Zealand and other countries, he said.

He said Fijian-made had become a by-word for quality in food manufacturing and a host of other export endeavours.

“Our manufacturers and service providers are reaching out to the world, venturing into new markets and carrying the Fijian-made brand to the four corners of the earth.”

Here in Fiji, he said, a range of products that we used to import are being made. Not only biscuits and other foodstuffs but items like exercise books and copying paper.

“We are constantly looking for further opportunities to become self-sufficient, to keep creating jobs in manufacturing and to identify new opportunities to improve our balance of payments by opening up export markets.”

He thanked the company and the Punja family for the wonderful contribution they had made, and were making, in this effort.“As an expression of confidence in Fiji’s economy and its export future, this really takes the biscuit – to use an old saying – that it was an exciting day not only for Punjas but for Fiji as a whole.”

He said he was delighted to be back home after his overseas tour and especially to be in Lautoka, famous for being the sugar city, but from yesterday the biscuit capital of Fiji also.

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