No trade war between PNG and Fiji
There is no trade war looming over Papua New Guinea’s decision to place a blanket ban on Fiji products. The Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Faiyaz Koya said that the government was following proper procedures with respect to PNG’s decisions. The minister was responding to PNG’s Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru […]
There is no trade war looming over Papua New Guinea’s decision to place a blanket ban on Fiji products.
The Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Faiyaz Koya said that the government was following proper procedures with respect to PNG’s decisions.
The minister was responding to PNG’s Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru who had stated that they are concerned with Fiji’s refusal to allow the importation of Ox and Palm, Trukai Rice and other PNG products.
Minister Koya confirmed that Fiji had not placed any bans of food items from PNG and talks over concerns raised over their products have been raised between the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji and PNG’s National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA).
KOYA: “There are no unnecessary restrictions that have been placed on PNG imports. Obviously, this would have been resolved much sooner.”
The minister added that the issue was raised between the two countries at an ACP meeting in 2014.
KOYA: “What has happened since then is there were issues obviously raised by our biosecurity but they have not come back to us and I think the reasoning behind them not moving their hand was because they informed our biosecurity that there was no interest in sending out to Fiji in commercial quantities so the matter lay there and currently it stands , it’s obviously probably sitting on the desk of somebody at NAQIA.”
He said it was crucial that proper procedures be followed to resolve the issue.
KOYA: “What I had done is I have written to the Honorable Minister again to say that this is something that obviously can be resolved by inviting him to a bilateral meeting to see if we can resolve it. All of this falls under the MSG trade agreement two. If there are issues that have been raised they have to write to us and then the necessary consultations take place, if not then it’s obviously not been done in the MSG spirit. Fiji always does things in the MSG spirit.”
Meanwhile, PNG’s Trade minister Richard Maru said a 14-day notice was given to Fiji to respond to their concerns.
MARU: Fiji’s continued disrespect for the trading relationship with Papua New Guinea, and the arrogance that has been demonstrated over many years, leaves us with no other option but to take retaliatory action against our Melanesian Brothers.”