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Koya In Sydney To Strengthen Trade, Investment Ties

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, yesterday met with some of the members of the Australian business community in Sydney, Australia. Mr Koya also met with the
15 Jul 2016 11:42
Koya In Sydney To Strengthen Trade, Investment Ties
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya (middle), with Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism Shaheen Ali (fifth from right), with some of the members of the Australian business community in Sydney, Australia.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, yesterday met with some of the members of the Australian business community in Sydney, Australia.

Mr Koya also met with the President of the Australia-Fiji Business Council, Greg Pawson, as part of his visit to further strengthen trade and investment relations with Australia.

Mr Koya said: “This visit is an opportunity for the Fijian Government to engage with key Australian investors and explore market access opportunities for Fijian exporters.”

He said it was also opportune to introduce the Consul General/Trade Commissioner (designate) to stakeholders.

“The business lunch was an opportunity for investors and stakeholders to obtain information on key Government policies, reforms and initiatives announced in the 2016-2017 National Budget,” Mr Koya said.

He reassured investors of the Fijian Government’s continued commitment and support to expand Fiji’s economic base.

This is along with maintaining a conducive business environment through stable, inclusive and consistent policies that foster private sector led growth and investment.

“The meetings held thus far with potential Australian investors have reflected confidence in the Fijian economy with firm interest shown in Fiji’s dairy, rice, tourism and ICT sectors,” he said.

 

Other initiatives

Mr Koya added the Fijian Government’s initiative of establishing a Service and Manufacturing Zone in the Western Division was also welcomed by Australian investors.

This was particularly for those interested in manufacturing, IT and business process outsourcing sectors.

The Australia-Fiji Business Council has indicated their support for the infrastructure investments undertaken by the Fijian Government that is transforming Fiji’s economy, strengthening its competitiveness and has positioned Fiji as the hub of the Pacific region.

Whilst in Sydney, Mr Koya was interviewed by ABC, and other media agencies on the Fijian economic and the growing Fiji-Australian economic relations.

He will also be meeting with international agencies and investors from the renewable energy and the sports tourism sectors.

 

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