Expo to develop bilateral relations

French Embassy charge d’ affaires, Rene Consolo greets Minister for Commerce, Faiyaz Koya before the launch of the Fiji-New Caledonia Trade Expo at the French ambassador’s residence in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Fiji-New Caledonia E-Trade Exposition was launched yesterday by Minister for Trade Faiyaz Koya at the French residence.

The virtual trade exposition developed by Investment Fiji and New Caledonia Trade and Invest (NCTI), supported by the Fijian, French and New Caledonian governments, is targeted at buyers and sellers in both Fiji and New Caledonia.

Mr Koya said this was one of the many initiatives undertaken jointly by Fiji and New Caledonia to develop bilateral relations and enhance partnerships.

“You would recall that the 2019 Fiji-New Caledonia Business Forum, highlighted the significant untapped economic potential that exists between our countries,” he said.

“Whilst a reciprocal mission to New Caledonia has been side-tracked due to the pandemic, today’s event demonstrates that we are continuing to build on this foundation, for successful business collaborations.”

Investment Fiji CEO Craig Strong said a lot of potential existed for businesses in New Caledonia and Fiji to trade with each other.

“Investment Fiji’s collaboration with the French Embassy and the NCTI team shows our organisations transformational journey into becoming a trade and investment promotion agency,” he said.

New Caledonian government member for foreign trade, economy and renewable energies Christopher Gygès said the virtual exhibition was a unique opportunity to present the products, services and companies of each territory to facilitate contacts between economic operators.

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