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Australian Mission Here To Learn Of Our Challenges Sourcing Construction Materials

  An Australian Building and Construction Mission is in Fiji this week to understand the challenges or sourcing issues faced by Fijian businesses. This is particularly for those businesses importing
14 Sep 2016 11:35
Australian Mission Here To Learn Of Our Challenges Sourcing Construction Materials
Participants during the Austrade Mission site visit at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort at the Coral Coast yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

An Australian Building and Construction Mission is in Fiji this week to understand the challenges or sourcing issues faced by Fijian businesses.

This is particularly for those businesses importing building and construction materials and other construction-related commodities.

Australian Trade Commissioner Pacific, Adrian Weeks, said the site visits included to Denarau which was on Monday, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort yesterday and likely around Suva later this week.

The delegation is made up of companies that supply a range of products and services to resorts, builders and hardware stores.

Mr Weeks said the programme allows the delegation to meet and explain their Australian products and the benefits they can offer to Fijian businesses.

“The Australian delegation would like to understand the challenges or sourcing issues faced by Fijian businesses,” he said.

Mr Weeks emphasised Fiji imports about AU$21 million (FJ$32.5 million) worth of building and construction materials and the other commodities.

He said about 3000 Australian exporters export these items to Fiji.

Outrigger general manager, Peter Hopgood, said: “The time is quite good to come to Fiji after TC Winston as we do have a lot of challenges in supply.”

“It is opportune you come along, to share any ideas you have to assist us with,” he said.

Those represented in the mission includes Petrolink Engineering Pty Limited, Rhodes Project Services Pty Ltd, Action Fasteners Pty Ltd, Roof Extenda Pty Limited, Bunnings, True Water Australia, Saltfree Desalination Pty Limited and Mercater Pty Limited.

Edited by: RACHNA LAL

Feedback:  rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

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