Fiji, Japan trade opportunities

Minister for Trade, Industry and Tourism Faiyaz Koya (left) and Japan’s Vice-Minister for Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan Katsunori Takahashi during the press conference at the Fiji-Japan Trade and Investment Symposium in Nadi yesterday. Picture: SHAYAL DEVI

THE resumption of direct flights to Japan has made Fiji a more significantly attractive destination for tourists and investors.

This was one of the key messages highlighted during the inaugural Fiji-Japan Trade and Investment Symposium which began in Nadi yesterday.

Speaking at the opening, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Industry Faiyaz Koya said the direct flight between Fiji and Japan would not only ease the movement of people.

“It will also create an opportunity for export of fresh fruits and vegetables amongst other products,” he said.

“The opening of the new Nadi International Airport complex and the direct flights between Fiji and Japan will not only ease the movement of people, but will also create opportunity for trade.”

A delegation of Japanese investors and businesspeople are in the country attending the symposium, which ends today.

Mr Koya said the aim of hosting the seminar was to provide investors with the necessary information to better understand the Fijian business climate, opportunities and incentives that existed.

“Fiji and Japan bilateral relations date back to 1970, when diplomatic ties were established. We share common characteristics such as culture, geographical constraints and above all, being prone to the impact of climate change and natural disasters.”

Mr Koya said Fiji was working towards becoming one of the most friendly business destinations in the region with its pro-business policies.