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Fiji sending two senior reps to PNG to resolve trade threat issues

PNG’s Maru welcomes move assuring continued long term commitment to a barrier free and Free Trade Area within the MSG Papua New Guinea has welcomed Fiji’s response to send two
06 Sep 2016 13:26
Fiji sending two senior reps to PNG to resolve trade threat issues
Biosecurity Authority of Fiji executive chairman, Xavier Riyaz Khan (right) and Fiji’s Trade Commissioner to PNG, Navitalai Tuivuniwai, will go to PNG to resolve the trade issues pending.

PNG’s Maru welcomes move assuring continued long term commitment to a barrier free and Free Trade Area within the MSG

Papua New Guinea has welcomed Fiji’s response to send two senior representatives to PNG to resolve pending trade issues between the countries.

The move was welcomed by PNG Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Richard Maru, following correspondence from Fijian Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya.

Fiji is understood to have proposed to send two senior officials to meet officials from the National Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA) of PNG.

It is hoped the pending issues regarding the export of Ox & Palm corned beef, Biscuits and Trukai Rice to Fiji will be resolved with the so-called restrictions being removed.

Mr Maru thanked Mr Koya in a letter dated September 5 for his commitment to send BAF executive chairman, Xavier Riyaz Khan and Fiji’s Trade Commissioner to PNG, Navitalai Tuivuniwai.

The two will meet with PNG’s Technical Team which includes officers from NAQIA, the Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry and PNG Manufacturers of the products concerned to sort out any issues that are still pending.

Mr Maru said in the letter to Mr Koya: “We assure you of our highest level of co-operation when your team comes to Port Moresby so we can resolve the issues amicably.

“It is in both our interest to get a speedy resolution to the trade impasse so I request that your team comes this month to get the face to face dialogue underway without any more delay.

“Your team should use this opportunity to discuss any trade issues that you would like to have with our team and vice versa.

“We look forward to receiving your team and assure you of our continued long term commitment to a barrier free and Free Trade Area within the MSG.”

Meanwhile, Fiji’s Trade Minister is optimistic that the discussions between Fiji’s Biosecurity Authority and PNG’s NAQIA will resolve the matter.

He is hopeful it will open discussions on a range of other commodities of trade for both countries.

Edited by: RACHNA LAL

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