Fijian made products impress PNG trade hierarchy

FIJIAN businesses that were part of the trade and exposition delegation to Papua New Guinea showcased a number of Fijian-made products for their Papua New Guinea counterparts at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby yesterday.

PNG Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru said he was very impressed with the displays from Fijian private sector.

"We would also assist Fijian companies who want to come and set up here especially in the manufacturing and service sector," he said yesterday.

"I'm very impressed with what I've seen so far. Fiji obviously has the expertise and the capital with the duty-free access, I'm sure most will find their way to us here and those who want to establish here, we can help them find land."

On ensuring PNG did not become a dumping ground in the Pacific, Mr Maru said PNG was now looking at special economic zones and special tax rates for investors they wanted.

He said PNG would target the set up of pioneer industries they did not have.

"The water booth (caught my attention). We have so much water in this country, we want to grow the bottling industry here. We want Fiji to come and set up here and establish a strong water industry," he said.

"The other thing that caught my attention was the manufacturing and garments especially shoes.

"If we can bring the expertise from Fiji in our market, I'm sure we can do very well."

(Source: The Fiji Times)