A two-day Fiji-Japan Trade and Investment Symposium was held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa in Denarau on the 9th and 10th of July, 2018. The symposium was co-hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Tokyo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Fiji, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism Fiji and Investment Fiji. This well attended event received 134 people from government officials of both Fiji and Japan, as well as private sectors.
(A breakdown is shown below.※)
The symposium was held in cooperation with the Government of Japan, in particular of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the Embassy of Japan in Fiji, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Pacific Islands Centre (PIC).
It has a crucial role to drive business growth between Fiji and Japan, being positioned as a follow-up event to the “Fiji Trade and Investment Seminar” held in September 2017 in Tokyo. (Co-hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Tokyo, JETRO and PIC)
The PIC Deputy Director also attended this symposium and had a valuable experience obtaining local up-to-date information.
An outline of the two-day symposium is given as below.
Day 1(July 9th):
The symposium began with welcome remarks from H.E. Mr. Isikeli Mataitoga, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Japan, followed by an address by the guest of honor, Hon. Mr. Faiyaz Koya and Hon. Mr. Katsunori Takahashi, Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
Following the opening ceremony, a presentation highlighting insights in trade and investment was delivered by Fijian government representatives and private sectors.
Day 2(July 10th):
Business networking, exchange and gathering of information.
※A breakdown for the two-day symposium participants:
Total number of final participants 134
Fijian government officials 61, Japanese government 16,
Fiji/Japan corporate sectors 57, (Fijian21/Japanese 36)