Fiji Reverses Trade Ban On Papua New Guinea Food Products

Ox & Palm corned beef, Trukai rice, Lae Biscuit will be allowed into country

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, March 27, 2017) – Papua New Guinea food products Ox & Palm corned beef, Trukai rice and Lae Biscuit will be allowed into Fiji, a reversal of the current ban, Fiji’s Industry, Trade, Tourism and Lands Minister Faiyaz Siddiq Koya has announced.

Mr Koya said that reversing the ban came following discussions with Biosecurity Authority of Fiji and comes a week after Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru threatened to stop importing all goods from Fiji. Mr Maru accused Fiji of being a dishonourable country that had violated the spirit of Melanesian free trade agreements signed in the 1990s.

On Friday, Mr Koya said in a statement that BAF was "ready to facilitate commerical imports of Ox & Palm corned beef, Trukai rice and Lae Biscuit into Fiji".

"We look forward to working with Mr Maru to deepen and strengthen trade ties between both the countries," he said.

The Manufacturers Council of Papua New Guinea had welcomed Mr Maru’s call to cut trade ties with Fiji.

Chairman Murray Woo said that PNG businesses never held any expectations that PNG would gain the most benefit from the Melanesian Spearhead Group agreements, but certainly did not expect to be treated as a least desirable trader.

Mr Woo said in a statement that PNG was a much larger market place and supported the significant value that preferential access to PNG’s market gave to smaller Melanesian countries in the knowledge that they would have the most to gain from the deal.

"It was to be a reciprocal arrangement. We certainly never expected to be effectively and unfairly excluded from their markets.

PNG Post-Courier
Copyright © 2017 PNG Post-Courier. All Rights Reserved

Rate this article: 
No votes yet

Add new comment