New Zealand-Fiji Business Council conference starts tomorrow

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya (right) with NZ High Commissioner Jonathan Curr at the NZ Fiji Business Council business mission at Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva earlier this week. Picture: Manasa Kalouniviti

THE 31st Joint Annual Fiji-New Zealand Business Council and New Zealand-Fiji Business Council Conference supported by Neptune Pacific Line will be held tomorrow at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

This joint press statement serves to affirm the partnership between Fiji-New Zealand Business Council and Neptune Pacific Line.

FNZBC president Vinay Narsey has reaffirmed that through such partnerships the council is able to present a conference for all delegates by providing them with the opportunity to share, discuss, learn and participate on matters relating to the Fiji-New Zealand business partnership. Neptune Pacific Line managing director Rolf Rasmussen says,

“We are proud to support the FNZBC Business Council Conference. We are particularly excited this year, as we are celebrating our 21st birthday as Fiji’s premier shipping line, and look forward to celebrating with attendee’s on Thursday evening”.

He added that Neptune operated the only fixed-day-of-the-week service in Fiji, with global weekly connections via NZ.

“Our two well-known vessels, Capitaine Cook and Capitaine Dampier are 100 per cent dedicated to the Fiji market and arrive in Fiji every Friday, and sail from Fiji every Monday.

“This dependable weekly product is relied on by hundreds of importers and exporters, and is the bedrock of their global supply chains,” said Mr Rasmussen.

Mr Narsey explains that through such sponsorships, the council is able to prepare for the conference by, organising the venue, catering, co-ordinate the administration, logistics, secretarial duties and develop marketing and media materials that need to be used.

“Our preparations are well on-track. We have a total of 10 speakers on the day.

“I believe that this is a testament of how important and valuable our members and delegates are to us.

“We need to share as much information as possible and we wanted to bring in a variety of experts in the field to do just that and also in the hopes that delegates will develop new partnerships or strengthen current ones,” shared Mr Narsey.

Mr Narsey also emphasised that the two key speakers on the day are Jonathan Curr, NZ High Commissioner and Filimone Waqabaca, Fiji’s High Commissioner to NZ.

“The council is very excited to have both ambassadors speak at the conference seeing as this would provide businesses the opportunity to hear first-hand the policies and plans of both Governments.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Fiji Moving towards 2020 and Beyond” and speakers will present on the two main thematic areas, Business Relationships between Fiji-NZ and The 20-20 Challenges.

The topics that would be covered during the conference include Tax Reforms, Tourism, Border Security, Climate Resilience, Medical Tourism and Cyber Crime.

The conference has hosted hundreds of delegates from across both countries over the years.

These are professionals, industry leaders, ministers, government officials, executives and directors of corporate organisations, business owners, middle managers and junior associates.

These include both members and non-members. The Fiji-NZ Business Council also acknowledges its support sponsors, New Zealand-Fiji Business Council, Vodafone Fiji and RUIO. For more information on the conference contact the Secretariat on 3391 688 or email

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