Plans to promote trade between countries

Filipe Naigulevu
Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Fiji-USA Business Council members with the outgoing US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati and Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu Judith Cefkin during her farewell function at the Peninsula International Hotel Suva on Tuesday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Fiji-USA Business Council is working on the national front to further promote two-way trade for the benefit of both businesses and consumers in Fiji and the US.

And according to the Fiji-USA Business Council president Himmat Lodhia, the striving partnership with the council and the US Embassy in Fiji has boosted this trade.

Mr Lodhia made the remarks during a farewell function for the outgoing US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati and Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu Judith Cefkin at the Peninsula International Hotel Suva on Tuesday.

“We are so privileged to have had you leading the partnership between Fiji-USA Business Council and the US Embassy over the past three years,” Mr Lodhia said.

“During your tenure here in Fiji, you have seen the council evolve as it grew in membership numbers, revamping of its website and also rebranding itself with the launch of its new logo last year.

“On the national front, we acknowledge your work in promoting two-way trade benefit of consumers and businesses in both Fiji and the US for trade in general and also agricultural trade between the two countries — areas which directly impacts on members of the council.

“Ms Cefkin, while making her final official remarks to the council, highlighted the importance of the relationship between and their successful engagements.

She said this binded Fiji and the US people together which was very important and equally vital including the private sector.

“So much that we do for the better of both our countries through the cooperation that we’ve enjoyed.

“The work you do, the businesses you manage really were to serve to the benefit of Fiji and of the United States,” Ms Cefkin said.

“And I think there is very bright potential for this relationship going forward and I am glad that I have had a small part in having to boost it but I think the prospects for the future are infinite.

“The event was attended by notable members of the councils including executives from commercial banks operating in Fiji and representatives from the business and private sector.

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