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All Exporters Are Winners, Says PM Bainimarama

In the past five years, Fiji’s exports have grown by more than 30 per cent. From $1.6 billion in 2010 to $2.3 billion last year. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says
08 Nov 2015 09:20
All Exporters Are Winners, Says PM Bainimarama

In the past five years, Fiji’s exports have grown by more than 30 per cent. From $1.6 billion in 2010 to $2.3 billion last year.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says all exporters are winners

He was speaking at the 23rd Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards, at Sheraton Fiji Resort, Denarau, Nadi last night.

“All of you in this room are the driving force of our economy, the men and women taking Fijian Made goods and services to the world. And earning us the export dollars that are building our nation’s wealth and creating prosperity for every Fijian,” he said.

“Tonight we single out those who have made an outstanding contribution to our export effort over the past 12 months. But while we celebrate their individual efforts, I personally regard every one of you as winners and let me tell you why.

“In the past five years, Fiji’s exports have grown by more than 30 per cent. From $1.6 billion in 2010 to $2.3 billion last year.

“In other words, the value of what we are selling to the rest of the world has increased by almost a third.

“And all this is thanks to you, working in partnership with the Government and our other agencies to take the Fijian-Made brand to new heights.

“So I want to begin the evening by asking for a big round of applause by everyone for everyone. Because this is really a tremendous performance.”

 

Leakage

Mr Bainimarama said there was still too much tax and revenue leakage.

“And we intend to crack down on those companies and individuals who fail to meet their obligations.

“We have created one of the most generous tax regimes in the entire Pacific. So there is no excuse for those individuals and companies who are happy to reap the benefits but aren’t willing to pay their fair share.”

 

Feedback:  luke.nacei@fijisun.com.fj

 




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