Fiji Delegation Travels To PNG To Iron Out Trade Issues Which Lead To Impasse

Both sides welcome high-level engagement to resolve dispute

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 23, 2016) – Fiji'is high-level delegation arrives in the country this weekend to iron out trade issues that sparked a trade impasse and embarrassed both Papua New Guinea and Fiji recently.

The visiting trade team include Fiji’s Trade Commissioner to PNG Navitalai Tuivuniwai, chief veterinarian Dr Sian Watson, chief plant protection officer Nilesh Ami Chand and Ronald Prasad who is team leader for Trade Facilitation and Compliance.

The team will work with their PNG counterparts to specifically resolve the issue of biosecurity pathways and also discuss other trade issues that could facilitate bilateral trade.

They will meet with the PNG team which comprises officers from NAQIA, the Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry, PNG manufacturers of the Ox & Palm corned beef, Snax Biscuits and Trukai Industries, Department of Agriculture and Livestock and other relevant stakeholders.

Trade Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru said yesterday that he was grateful for the news and welcomed the Fijian team.

He said that a meeting will be held between the two teams on Monday, 26th September,2016, followed by visits to Hugo Canning Company Limited, Paradise Foods Limited and Trukai Industries Limited.

The visits will enable the officials to carry out technical assessments on Ox & Palm at Hugo Canning, Snax Biscuts at Paradise Foods Limited and Trukai Rice at Trukai Industries Limited in Lae.

Fiji’s Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Faiyaz Siddiq Koya said in his letter to Mr Maru that he was adamant that through this bilateral engagement, Fiji was looking forward to a stronger trade and economic relations between PNG.

“I look forward to getting a fruitful outcome from this meeting and assure you of our highest level of co-operation,” he said.

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