FIJI is now experiencing economic growth which is largely driven by strong performance of our exports despite the numerous set-backs experienced from natural disasters last year.
Speaking at the opening of the Export Awareness seminar organised by Investment Fiji in Labasa yesterday, acting commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said the North was blessed with minimal damages from flooding early this year.
Mr Bolalevu said a lot of successful businesses in Fiji had made a name for themselves in the global market and encouraged local investors to follow suit.
"I hope that this forum will encourage us to expand our business operations and at the same time improve and better the livelihoods of our people," he said.
"We are grateful to be part of government's Look North Policy whereby new business creation and development is paramount in the North to utilise the numerous available natural resources available to us and create employment and wealth for the people.
"Furthermore, we have seen the development of some major capital projects and infrastructure which will open up access to major markets and boost the economy here."
Mr Bolalevu said the capital projects included the Bagasau-Nagigi highway in Savusavu, the Nabouwalu-Dreketi highway and the extension of the electricity grid from Seaqaqa, Dreketi to Nasarawaqa in Bua.