TC Winston

Australian infrastructure companies visit Fiji

More than thirty Australian companies are in Suva this week to learn about project opportunities in Fiji. Australian High Commissioner, Margaret Twomey, said the visit was an opportunity for Australian businesses to support Fiji’s rebuilding efforts following Tropical Cyclone Winston. We are delighted to have the delegation in Suva. Australia has strong infrastructure capabilities and […]

Peni Shute

April 13, 2016 3:14 pm

More than thirty Australian companies are in Suva this week to learn about project opportunities in Fiji.

Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey (middle) with two members of the Australian delegation. (AHC)
Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey (middle) with two members of the Australian delegation. (AHC)

Australian High Commissioner, Margaret Twomey, said the visit was an opportunity for Australian businesses to support Fiji’s rebuilding efforts following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

We are delighted to have the delegation in Suva. Australia has strong infrastructure capabilities and enduring business relationships in Fiji, and this visit presents a valuable opportunity for these companies to learn about Fiji’s needs.

The visiting companies will hear from Fiji infrastructure authorities including the Water Authority of Fiji, the Fiji Roads Authority and the Fiji Electricity Authority.

In addition, the Housing Authority of Fiji and the Disaster Management Office will provide situation updates to the delegation.

The delegation will also hear from the Asian Development Bank to learn about the ADB country partnership strategy.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Tourism. Shaheen Ali told the group of Australian investors that Fiji was in the reconstruction phase following the “setback” by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

I want to reiterate the Prime Minister’s (Voreqe Bainimarama) call that Fiji will not compromise on building materials or building standards. We are also determined to upgrade our standards and through the Ministry we are putting in new laws to control the quality of our construction companies and entire construction industry.

Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism Mr Shaheen Ali speaking at the event. (DEPTFO)
Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism Mr Shaheen Ali speaking at the event. (DEPTFO)

Mr. Ali said Fiji’s partners from Australia were helping in this and assured the potential investors that Fiji was working with Standards Australia.

So this is good news for you because you are used to very high standards in Australia.

In the first quarter of this year, the tourism sector has recorded 10 per cent increase in visitor arrivals compared to the same period last year. Major tourism assets were spared by TC Winston.

The visiting companies represent a range of sectors including engineering, building and construction equipment and technologies, civil construction and modular housing.

The Australian Trade Commission has partnered with Pacific Islands Trade and Invest and Investment Fiji to organise the mission.

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