FIJI should not depend a lot on foreign investors and instead create its own internal investments.
Speaking at the recent Investment Fiji-organised Export Awareness Seminar, American investor Steven Jagger said Fiji had a lot of potential.
"Instead of waiting for money to come from foreign investors externally why don't we create investments internally," he said.
"Investment Fiji supports investment projects that are worth $500,000 and over but in fact local investors like me could start a multi-million dollar project using less than $500,000.
"It is small projects like this that Investment Fiji could support to do away with the trend of relying on foreign investors which can be far rewarding to our local economy."
Responding to Mr Jagger's concern, Investment Fiji chief executive officer Ravuni Uluilakeba said they were not limiting their assistance to major projects worth $500,000 and above.
"In fact our doors are open to all form of investments. We are filtering our processes to get everything right and to take our economy forward. In addition, to date Fiji currently has a deficit of $4.1billion in imports."
Mr Uluilakeba said the Prime Minister's Exporter of the Year award to be held later this year recognised small and medium businesses.