Kumar discusses trade opportunities with NZ counterpart

Fiji's Minister for Industry, Trade and Local Government pictured here with her NZ counterpart David Parker. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI’S Minister for Industry, Trade and Local Government Premila Kumar met her New Zealand Trade counterpart David Parker this week during her three-day official visit to Auckland and Wellington in relation to local government, where New Zealand is providing assistance.

New Zealand is one of Fiji’s largest trade and investment partner and the two countries work closely together in the areas of mutual interest.

A Government statement issued this evening stated that among the issues discussed were the PACER Plus (Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations) and Ease of Doing Business in Fiji.

It also stated that further discussions on the PACER Plus would be deliberated during the official visit to Fiji by Mr Parker, scheduled in the first week of October.

Mrs Kumar noted that Fiji and New Zealand would work together in creating more trade and investment opportunities for New Zealand and Fijian businesses.

From Fiji’s perspective, she said it was important that exports are increased to New Zealand, more investors encouraged from New Zealand to invest in Fiji and increase the number and value of tourists to our shores.

“Currently, New Zealand is leading the world when it comes to ease of doing business and this is an area we can learn from New Zealand,” she said.

Fiji has already initiated Digital Transformation Programme (digitalFIJI).

This is a four-year program to implement a number of government applications, enhance the overall ICT infrastructure and build and develop the Fijian Government’s capacity in digital transformation.

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