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Need To Build Stronger Fiji-India Business Relations

Fiji should look into the Agro industry  with the help of Indian expertise, Nadi forum hears Fijian businesses need to exploit all avenues to do trade with their Indian counterparts
05 Sep 2016 13:09
Need To Build Stronger Fiji-India Business Relations
Stakeholders with Indian High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal during the Mini-forum at the GDR Hall in Malolo, Nadi on Saturday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Fiji should look into the Agro industry  with the help of Indian expertise, Nadi forum hears

Fijian businesses need to exploit all avenues to do trade with their Indian counterparts from India.

Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Dr Ram Raju made those remarks during the High Commission of India sponsored Fiji-India Business Council Mini-Forum at the GDR Hall in Malolo, Nadi on Saturday night.

Dr Raju said it was a fantastic interaction where businesses in Nadi were enlightened with the goods and services that are available for the trade.

“The relation mentioned by the India’s High Commissioners, the scope of industry and the scope of growth showed there is a huge potential between Fiji and India. We need to tap on that more,” he said.

Dr Raju added there is a lot of opportunity that India has to offer.

“There’s excellent opportunity that has got excellent products that will give excellent services, all across the sectors not only medical tourism, that is still growing, cultural tourism, industries and pharmaceuticals and many more.”

He added there is a need for help in Agro industry and that is what Fiji should look into with the Indian expertise.

“Overall it was a fantastic micro forum that was held for the first time in Nadi, hopefully will have more forums in the future.”

Indian High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal said: “We wanted to explore opportunity on how to grow the trade relation and business links between the two countries.”

Mr Sapkal was impressed with the forum as there were a lot of representatives from various companies present.

“Bilateral trades are not up to the potential at the moment so we want to see what avenues are available potential,” he said.

Fiji-India Business Council president, Swani Maharaj, said: “We need to have a bigger council and we are looking into developing on that through the Indian High Commission.”

He said they are planning to hold a meeting in Suva soon to work on enlarging the Council.

“We don’t want volumes,” he stressed.

“We want other people to be involved and look at issues like medical Tourism, cultural issues, the body of innovation and the new item. We need to encourage that.”

He added India is an expert on Hybrid where Fijian businesses need to tap into.

edited by: farzana nisha

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