GIBSON GUITAR RECONSIDERS FIJI PARTNERSHIP DEAL

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Cancels press conference with Bainimarama

By Repeka Nasiko SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Sept. 22, 2011) - Gibson Guitar, the United States company set to establish a new partnership with Fiji has canceled a press conference with Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama scheduled for later today.

Although the Nashville based company, world renowned for its custom made guitars made the announcement of the conference earlier today.

According to an original new release from Gibson, Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juskiewicz was to appear with Commodore Bainimarama to announce a new partnership under which Gibson would become the exclusive buyer of certified Fiji Pure Mahogany.

In a new statement from Juskiewicz, however, the arrangement does not appear to be a done deal.

He confirmed that they were approached by a supplier with close ties to Fiji with promises of responsible and sustainable supplies of wood and are currently exploring the potential.

"No absolute commitment will [be made] until we conduct an extensive review of the situation. The Prime Minister has expressed his desire to have Gibson make a long term commitment to this emerging industry on the island nation. We are very hopeful," Juskiewicz said.

Commodore Bainimarama is currently in the United States for a high level meeting with the United Nations General Assembly.

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