Pacific Neighbors Now Fiji’s Largest Export Market

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

PNG, Solomons, Fiji account for 90% of regional exports

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 10, 2016) – A new trade report has found Fiji's most important export market now are its neighbours.

Last week, the Pacific Community launched the Pacific Islands Trade Report 2010-2014, which gave a rare insight into the flow of goods between Pacific Island countries themselves and the rest of the world.

It shows that Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji share close to 90 percent of total revenue earned by the Pacific Islands region for the export of primary products worldwide.

The author of the report, Sally-Ann Hughes, said Fiji is the only nation that exports in significant quantities to other Pacific Island countries, accounting for 96 percent of all intra-regional exports.

"Talking to the recently appointed trade commissioner to Papua New Guinea, he was telling me that it's just happened in the last three or four years, that the most important export market for Fiji is now all of its neighbours, accounting for more than 30 percent of their exports."

Ms Hughes, the export marketing officer at the Pacific Community, said Fiji's size and location have helped it achieve that status.

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