Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 4:27 PM on Wednesday 24 September

/ Front page / News

PM chairs sugar body

Maciu Malo
Friday, December 07, 2012

THE appointment of Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama as chairman of the International Sugar Organisation is a big boost for the industry, says FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan.

Commodore Bainimarama and a team of industry officials have just returned from a successful three-day meeting in London with representatives of about 80 sugar producing countries.

The touring group included Mr Khan, Sugar permanent secretary Manasa Vaniqi, Sugar Cane Growers Council CEO Sundresh Chetty, sugar director Viliame Gucake and officials of the Sugar Industry Tribunal.

"We had a successful set of meetings which was concluded with the appointment, unopposed, of our Prime Minister as chairman of the International Sugar Organisation Council," Mr Khan said.

"We also had discussions on our molasses and freight sugar contracts.

"For our sugar cane industry, such meetings are quite beneficial especially when you have the ability to interact with nearly 80 countries who are members of ISO."

He said the trip provided the opportunity for government to consider the idea of expanding its export market.