Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Keith Pitt, will discuss enhancing economic, trade and investment ties with Fiji during his first official visit to the island nation this week.

“Fiji is a close friend and neighbour, and an important trading partner for Australia in the Pacific region. I look forward to meeting my counterparts and representatives of the business community to discuss how we can enrich these important partnerships,” Mr Pitt said.

“Our two-way trade and investment with Fiji totals around $4.2 billion annually and there are opportunities to strengthen this partnership further, including through concluding the PACER Plus trade agreement.”

During the visit, Mr Pitt will meet the Hon Faiyaz Koya, Fiji’s Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, as well as representatives of the Fiji Australia Business Council. He intends to discuss Australia’s plans to finalise the PACER Plus trade agreement in the first quarter of 2017.

“I will tour the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) Walu Bay Campus, funded by the Australian Government to deliver internationally recognised qualifications in a range of fields, such as fitting and machining, automotive engineering, fabrication and welding.

“I am also delighted to be presenting an Australian Commendation for Brave Conduct to a locally-engaged staff member of the Australian High Commission in Suva, Mr Edward Reece.” 

Additionally, Mr Pitt will receive a briefing on projects supported by Australia’s Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program.

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