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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fiji

Fiji - India Partnership to Advance Business Opportunities

 
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From L-R: Mr. Elia Sevutia, Second Secretary- Fiji High Commission (FHC), Mr. Nilesh Kumar (Counselor-FHC), Mr. Sandeep Marwah (President- ICMEI), Mr Yogesh Punja (High Commissioner- FHC), Mr. Harsh Sahni (Director- Indo- Fiji Business Promotion Association) Mr. Ashok Tyagi (Secretary General- ICMEI).

With the Fijian Government announcing in the 2019-2020 National Budget on an increase in tax rebate from 47% to 75% on film making, the world’s largest movie makers are showing more interest to tap into Fiji’s film industry.
 
Following a recent meeting held between Fiji’s High Commissioner to India, Yogesh Punja, the Indo-Fiji Business Promotion Association (IFBPA) and Indo-Fiji Film and Cultural Forum (IFFCF) in New Delhi, India, the Indian entertainment industry now seeks to take advantage of Fiji’s lucrative offer.
 
As a result, Fiji’s High Commissioner to India Mr Yogesh Punja is initiating a special trade mission from Fiji to India that will explore these opportunities.
 
Apart from film making, the trade mission will also explore partnerships in the key sectors and industries including: Agriculture (Technical and Equipment Suppliers), ICT (Tech Transfer), Renewable Energy (Solar, Biogas,), Health and Pharmaceutical Industry, Trade and Investment, Tourism Industry (through Bollywood platform), Hospitality Sector (engagement with Art and Craft Institutes.
 
The Indo-Fiji Film and Cultural Forum was launched at Marwah Studios at Film City, Noida on 29th March 2017 with the aim of promoting art and culture with Fiji. The main objective of its establishment was intended to invite and promote Indian film makers to shoot films in Fiji.
 
The Indo-Fiji Business Promotion Association on the other hand is a non-government agency which was launched in February 2014 in New Delhi by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service and Communications Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. The main aim of this Association is to promote and facilitate trade and investment between India and Fiji. It enables Fijian and Indian business communities to communicate directly, share market intelligence and facilitate business and joint ventures. It also aspires to enable the flow of technology, capital and experts.
The new cooperation of uniting the resources and expertise of IFBPA and IFFCF is an effort led by Fiji’s High Commissioner to India Mr Yogesh Punja, with an aim of enhancing the cultural exchanges given that the two countries share many common elements of history, culture, language and cuisines.
 
Interested companies or individuals who may wish to participate in this trade mission, are advised to contact the Fiji High Commission- New Delhi on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji. This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.

 

Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.

 

The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.

The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public A

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