Platform to share successful businesses stories

THE private sector was challenged to think outside the box and go beyond their comfort zones to ensure sustainable development and protection of the environment.

Speaking at the launch of the Prime Minister’s International Business Awards 2017 at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva last night, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya said the private sector played an important role in sustainable development.

Mr Koya said the theme for this year’s awards “achieving sustainable economic growth”, strongly reflected on the leadership role that the Fijian Government had taken up on the global stage with regards to climate change and its impact on the livelihoods of all Fijians.

“Hence, through the 12 categories in this year’s awards we will ensure no sector or business is left behind, as far as, recognising their contribution to the sustainable development of the economy,” said Mr Koya.

He said the Fijian economy had been performing well, as it was supported by the pro-growth and sustainable policies put in place by the Fijian Government and the hard work and dedication from the private sector.

“In 2016, Fiji’s total domestic exports was valued about $1.12 billion, out of which, 10 top domestic products were valued at more than $674 million or 60 per cent of the total domestic export earnings.”

He said imports slightly increased by 1.7 per cent in 2016 when compared with 2015 and stood at about $4.84b, largely attributed to imports of investment items and cyclone rehabilitation. Mr Koya said the awards would provide a platform for local businesses to enhance their performance by recognising their dedication towards the growth of the nation.

“The Fijian Government is here to set the right platform that will enhance the local businesses. We particularly would like to encourage small and medium enterprises to flourish, to be inclusive and sustainable.”

Investment Fiji CEO Godo Muller-Teut said the awards aimed to foster inclusive growth and provided a perfect platform to share success stories.

Mr Muller-Teut said they launched a website on the awards which would provide businesses with the information on the award categories and how they can apply.

The award categories this year are:

* Best Large Business Operating Internationally, sponsored by HFC Bank;

* Best Medium Business Operating Internationally, sponsored by TFL;

* Best Small Business Operating Internationally, sponsored by Bluescope Lysaght;

* Emerging Exporter of the Year, sponsored by FDB;

* Re-exporter of the Year, sponsored by Swire Shipping;

* Excellence in Innovation, sponsored by MITT;

* Excellence in Service, sponsored by Lysaght;

* Excellence in E-commerce, sponsored by Vodafone;

* Primary Industry Business Excellence, sponsored by RBF;

* Excellence in Business Leadership, sponsored by Golden Manufacturing;

* Socially Responsible Business, sponsored by Tropik Wood; and

* Supreme Award, sponsored by KOOKAI.

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