High Commissioner encourages exchange of knowledge and expertise

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar with the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Padmaja. Picture: SUPPLIED

HIGH Commissioner of India to Fiji Padmaja has strongly encouraged the exchange of knowledge and expertise between Fiji and India, especially in art and culture.

Ms Padmaja highlighted this during her meeting with the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar.

She reiterated that there is high potential in strengthening the two countries’ trade relations and she would ensure that is does eventuate and taken to another new level.

She also elaborated on the close and strategic relationship shared by the two nations and how this could be further enhanced through trade, investment, film production and tourism, to name a few.

Ms Padmaga said there is a high demand of Fijian products, such as mineral water and cosmetics in India and Fiji is the preferred tourism destination for most newly married couples and young people.

Meanwhile Ms Kumar congratulated Ms Padmaja on her appointment and thanked the Indian Government for their assistance, especially in empowering the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

She also acknowledged the support of the former Indian High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal.

Other issues discussed included cooperation in various sectors such as agriculture, technical expertise, capacity building, culture and heritage.

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