FIJI TO SHOWCASE WARES IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Mar. 9) – Fiji-made goods and services will be showcased during a five-day trade mission to Papua New Guinea next week.

The mission, organized by the Fiji Trade and Investment Board and led by Foreign Affairs Minister Kaliopate Tavola, has attracted 13 participants representing nine companies.

Board chief executive Lailun Khan said it was an encouraging trend, one she hoped would continue too see more private sector participation.

"PNG has always been an important market for Fiji with its sizeable market and population size of over five million," she said. "The mission will feature a one-on-one meeting between mission delegates and their counter parts, a cocktail reception and a trade display."

The mission will cover Port Moresby and Lae and falls in line with the Boards Pacific Push Strategy, which aims to increase exports to Forum Island countries.

Fiji’s value of export to PNG for the period between January and November of 2004 totaled $2.6 million (US$1.5 million) while the value of import for the same period totaled $1.7 million (US$1m).

March 10, 2005

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