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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 31) – Fiji has maintained a healthy relationship with Canada in terms of trade and investments over the last couple of years, says the Fiji Islands Trade and Investment Bureau.

This has prompted the two countries to have seminars on export opportunities for Fiji products and commodities to meet the growing demand of the Canadian market, the Bureau said.

The seminars will be conducted by Fiji Islands Trade and Investments Bureau in Suva on Friday and in Lautoka next week.

They will feature the visiting Fiji Consul designate in Canada, Ashwant Dwivedi.

In a statement, Fiji Islands Trade and Investments Bureau said the two seminars would cover issues relating to the Canadian market such as: general packaging and labeling requirements for fresh fruits and vegetables; fresh fruits and vegetables residue program, and; how Fiji exporters could participate in this program.

Fiji Islands Trade and Investments Bureau said the seminar would help exporters know first-hand what exporting to Canada involved and raise any queries they had.

Fiji's top exports to Canada are in the areas of live animals and animal products, vegetable products, fish products, prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits and tobacco, textile and textile articles.

Fiji's main imports from Canada consist of base metals, machinery and mechanical and electrical appliances, vehicles, aircraft and associated transport equipment, animal and vegetable products.

Fiji's exports to Canada were FJD1.7million [US$1 million] in 2005.

In 2004, it was FJD3.7 million [US$2.2 million].

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