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Australia’s Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Mark Coulton MP, today announced that Fiji will soon be allowed to export breadfruit to Australia.
Speaking at the Australia-Fiji Business Forum in Momi Bay, Coulton said further markets could be opening up shortly.
“Work has also commenced on a biosecurity risk analysis for fresh capsicum, including chilies.”
“The analysis paves the way for another big trade opportunity for Fiji farmers,” said Coulton.
The Fijian Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, welcomed the announcements, saying ‘this is another sign of the strengthening economic relationship between Australia and Fiji.’
“The new breadfruit pathway will create more export opportunities for the Fijian farmers and we hope to see quick results in terms of work on fresh capsicum and chilies.
During the forum, the two ministers met to discuss further opportunities for increasing trade and investment links.
Coulton said ‘our trade, tourism and investment relationship with Fiji is a priority for the Australian Government’.
“We have supported eight trade missions to Fiji over the past four years, involving more than 100 businesses.”
Today’s announcement builds on the already strong economic relationship between Australia and Fiji.
Australia is one of Fiji’s largest trade and investment partners, with two-way goods and services trade totalling FJD$3.2 billion (US$1.49 million) in 2017, up from FJD$1.8 billion (US$838 billion) 10 years ago.
Australia is Fiji’s largest tourism market, making up 43 per cent of arrivals.
Coulton is visiting Fiji from 4-5 October to attend the 24th Australia-Fiji Business Forum. His visit coincided with an Austrade trade delegation to Fiji to scope business and investment opportunities.
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