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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 28, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---The recent formation of a Fiji-India Business Council will strengthen the economic relationship between Fiji and India, says the council secretary, Hasmukh Desai.

This will result in joint venture set-ups, he said, which will enhance the economy of Fiji.

He said the council, which was formed following the overwhelming support of the local business community, will open up tremendous opportunities not only for the corporate sector but many individuals in Fiji.

"With great knowledge and expertise from India, Fiji can achieve further awesome rewards in the information technology sector," Mr. Desai said.

"Joint ventures can be set up for both software and hardware based computer generated applications.

"Small cottage industry formations by families in villages was the main reason how India was able to survive its most critical period of poverty," he added.

"The people of India chose to turn this problem into an opportunity and got into small scale business ventures which saw the evolution of a new era of professionals with great skills in every area of life.

"India is producing people with skills at a supersonic level, like a turbine produces electricity at a high speed," he said.

Mr. Desai said Fiji can exploit the skills acquired from India and should contact the council for information on similar initiatives.

"Education is another area our youth should look at. India has institutions and universities which offer the highest level of education and practice in engineering, architecture, agriculture and many other fields.

"Those interested in education should note that the school year in India starts in early June each year, unlike Fiji where classes resume in January.

"Students should remember to file their applications close to February so that it reaches the institutions at the right time," he said.

According to Mr. Desai, the clothing industry in India has a lot to offer for the local Fiji market.

"India is one of the biggest exporters of ready made garments and textiles to key markets in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada and can help Fiji identify niche markets.

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