Today, Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Keith Pitt, will deliver a keynote address at the 23rd Australia-Fiji Business Forum being held from 12 to 13 October in Sydney.
The Forum provides Australian business with information on commercial opportunities in Fiji and supports cooperation between Australian and Fijian firms.
In his address, Mr Pitt will highlight the strong trade and investment links between Australia and Fiji. Bilateral trade between the two countries was valued at $A1.86 billion in 2016.
He will also reiterate the Australian Government’s commitment to further strengthening its ties with the Pacific, including by encouraging Fiji to join the PACER Plus Agreement — a landmark trade and development agreement signed by Australia, New Zealand and nine other Pacific Island Forum countries earlier this year.
"PACER Plus will make it easier for businesses to trade and invest across the Pacific region,” Mr Pitt said.
Yesterday, Mr Pitt met Fiji’s Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, the Hon. Faiyaz Koya MP to discuss a range of important bilateral trade and investment issues ahead of the Forum.
Mr Pitt will also meet Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, the Hon. Inia Seruiratu MP.
They will discuss Australia’s support for Fiji’s hosting of the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) and disaster response management in the Pacific.
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