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Council Aims To Take Advantage Of New Trade Commissioner To PNG

The Fiji-PNG Business Council aims to take advantage of Fiji’s new Trade Commissioner to Papua New Guinea over the next 12 months to grow relations between the two countries. This
28 Aug 2015 09:05
Council Aims To Take Advantage Of New Trade Commissioner To PNG
Fiji-PNG Business Council president Nouzab Fareed.

The Fiji-PNG Business Council aims to take advantage of Fiji’s new Trade Commissioner to Papua New Guinea over the next 12 months to grow relations between the two countries.

This was highlighted by council president Nouzab Fareed who is also the group chief executive of Fijian Holdings.

He said they aim to promote trade and investment and continue to work on shipping, customs and quarantine issues.

It is understood the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, will be announcing the name of the new Trade Commissioner to PNG soon.

Mr Fareed said the Council had very actively been lobbying with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism on the appointment.

“I acknowledge that it has been difficult to get the perfect candidate for this role,” he said.

“We believe this role is essential to be able to further improve trade between Fiji and PNG, both in terms of matching importers and exporters and investors with projects.

“But also in terms of dealing with PNG Government agencies to improve Customs & Quarantine procedures.”

Mr Fareed was elected back as the President of the council yesterday during the annual general meeting held at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

This is his second term as the President of the Council.

He further said with funds available in the council accounts, he plans to host another networking event towards the end of year to close the year on a happy note.

“The council shall also plan on more networking events inviting business personals from PNG to present on opportunities of doing business with PNG,” he said.

“I encourage members to take part in such events organised by the council.”

 

Shipping issues

Mr Fareed told members the Shipping, Customs and Quarantine sub-committee has been working on the issues of shipping, customs and quarantine.

“Work commenced to look at current & proposed shipping volumes to PNG,” he said.

“There has not been much progress made in regards to direct shipping services to PNG.

“It is clear that the current shipping volumes still stand low and cannot justify a standalone direct shipping service.

“The Sub-Committee is still working on exploring faster and efficient means of transportation to PNG.”

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