Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
30th November 2012, Fiji Embassy Tokyo: On Wednesday 28 November 2012, 86 Japanese business men and women attended the first ever Trade, Investment and Tourism Promotion Seminar to be held in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture. The seminar was the joint effort of the staff of the Fiji Embassy, Tokyo and a group of Japanese business men from Miyagi Prefecture. Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga in making an opening statement to the seminar stressed the importance of further deepening business relations between Japan and Fiji.
In visiting Miyagi Prefecture, Ambassador Mataitoga emphasized the existing relations Fiji have established with the Tohuku Region of Japan, when the Bainimarama Government offered 20 scholarships to high school and university students, from Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures, who were affected by the Earthquake and tsunami of 11/3/2011 to study in Fiji for 12 months. He also highlighted the value of people/people exchange in the cultural, education and sports field to start the initial process of more visits from Miyagi to Fiji in 2013.
The other presentation made at the seminar covered investment assistance outlined in the 2013 by the Bainimarama Government and an overview of the economic profile of Fiji since 2006 and highlighting the latest economic data which shows Fiji’s economy growing at a higher rate that was previously estimated. As Ambassador Mataitoga advised during the seminar, whether you come to Fiji as a visitor, investor, lover, to seek quietness and peace, Fiji – where you will meet happiness’.There were two presentations from Japanese business men who are doing business in Fiji, sharing their experiences and why they decided to start their business in Fiji. The seminar was followed up by a reception in which participants had an opportunity to discuss issues they wish to raise with Ambassador and other Embassy staff in attendance. The support provided by the Miyagi Prefecture Leading LDP Member of House of Representatives in the Japanese Parliament Hon Mr Kenya Akiba at the Seminar was much appreciated. The following areas of potential businesses were discussed and which will need dedicated follow up:• A group of Japanese Tour Operators from Miyagi are looking to take visitors to Fiji in 2013 and the number they are looking at is around 300 initially. They will organize tours from Miyagi using culture/ school sports tournaments/ culture as the focus;• Automobile Recycles business is looking at opening operations in Fiji in 2013;• Water sports is likely to be explored• There were serious interests in High School students going to Fiji for their high school education.The MOFA, Japan organized Workshop to be held in Fiji from 19-20 December 2012, would further highlight issues that will need dedicated attention from Fiji.
(photo caption 1: Ambassador Mataitoga making his opening statements to the seminar Sendai City, Miyagi; caption 2:Hon Mr Kenya AKIBA addressing the Fiji Trade & Investment Seminar, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture)
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