The Fijian Government has further strengthened its relations with China’s Guangdong Province through a historic signing of several memorandum of understanding agreements during the “China (Guandong) – Fiji Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference.
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Mr Faiyaz Koya said it was an important event as it further deepened relations between trade, investment and economic cooperation with the Guangdong Province.
“Today’s conference will ensure that Fiji and Guangdong Province of China maintain close relations to maintain close relations to implement the relevant cooperation initiatives,” he said.
Minister Koya said Fiji and Guangdong shared many synergies, including tourism and trade, and there was potential to grow them further through the 12 Government and commercial memorandum of understandings (MOU) signed.
“The Government to Government MOUs will provide a general framework for dialogue and cooperation on health, tourism and other areas of mutual interest,” he said.
Minister Koya said the MOUs will contribute to the improvement of social and economic relations and develop active technical cooperation between the countries in the respective areas.
“The commercial MOUs will be conduits for growth of bilateral trade and investment by Guangdong nationals in Fiji.”
The Chinese delegation was led by Mr Hu Chunhua, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee in China.
The following MOUs and agreements were signed today:
- MOU on Strengthening Cooperation between Suva and Guangzhou City
- Co-building of Guangdong Friendship Garden
- MOU between Guangdong Health and Family Planning Commission (GDHFPC) and Ministry of Health, Fiji
- MOU on Establishment of Fiji-Guangdong Bilateral Enterprises Council
- Cooperation Agreement on Supporting Exhibitions in Guangzhou between CCPIT Guangzhou and Fiji-China Business Council
- MOU on Establishing Sister School Relationship between Zhongkai Secondary School in Huizhou city, Guangdong Province and Sun Yat-sen Secondary School in Suva
- MOU on Strengthening Tourism Cooperation between the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Fiji and the Tourism Administration of Guangzhou
- MOU on Tourism between Tourism Administration of Guangdong Province (TAGD) and South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO)
- Projects of Fishing, Selling and Processing of Tuna and other Seadfood in Fiji
- Nadi Tourist Resort Project in Fiji between Guangzhou Tianli Co., LTD and NEW ERA DEVELOPMENT Ltd
- Fiji Forestry & Wood Industry Development Project
- Fiji Pengtao China Town Real Estate Project between Guangzhou Pengtao Real Estate co., Ltd and Tropical Isles Ltd
- Hotel Apartments Investment Projects of Martin Place in Nadi
- Fiji Agricultural Development Project
- Fiji Suva Mining Investment Project
- Project of Black Pearl and Crab Farming, Processing and Selling in Fiji
- Fiji Vanuatu Biological Planting Development and Marketing Project
- Sales Cooperation Project of TCL /Alcatel Cellphone and Tablet Products between TCL Electronics Australia Pty Ltd and FONEOLOGY SOLUTIONS Ltd
- Tourism Service Cooperation Project between CITIC International Travel Co.,Ltd and Fiji Summer Holiday Travel Agency
- Tourism Service Cooperation Project between China Younger Travel Service and Tour Managers (Fiji) Ltd
- Tourism Service Cooperation Project between China Travel Service Gongbei Port and Breadfruit Tours (Fiji) ltd
- Education Fund by Huizhou Municipal People’s Government of Guangdong Province to the Chinese Education Society of Fiji
- Guangdong International Cultural Exchanges Base
- Guangdong Tourism and Promotion Center South Pacific
- Fiji-Guangdong Medical Training Center
Investment Fiji chief executive officer, Godo Muller-Teut highlighted how total trade between Fiji and China had grown since 2009.
He said Fiji had a business friendly tax system that supported innovation and investment.
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jioji Konrote was also present during the signing of the MOUs and other agreements.