THE Western Division continues to play an important role in the export market and in generating foreign exchange.
Investment Fiji CEO Ravuni Uluilakeba made the comment to The Fiji Times at an export awareness seminar in Lautoka yesterday where about 20 large and medium microenterprises from across the West were educated on various trade and export-related issues.
Mr Uluilakeba said the West had export commodities from the sugar and agriculture sectors.
"When it comes to the Western Division, we look at agriculture, we look at mining and sugar. These are some of the more important commodities for export that come from this area and we are here to facilitate that and help these industries export to other markets."
Mr Uluilakeba said Investment Fiji was the authority that facilitated these investments for local industries.
"We usually look at the whole of the country and not only the West, and I think the key is that we provide the right kind of infrastructure for exports and the right market, especially in the main exports that we have."
The one-day seminar focused on better trade facilitation for economic growth.
"The key of the seminar is better trade facilitation for foreign economic growth, not only for investments but also for export facilitation and export drive by assisting and facilitating those that are exporting to other markets.
"Many of our exporters want to know what sort of markets are out there for them, so we are basically here to facilitate that and create more awareness of that issue."