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Fiji’s reputation as the hub of the Pacific continues to grow with another neighbour looking at trade opportunities.
Kiribati currently buys most of its goods from Australia and New Zealand, but Fiji could soon become its main trading partner.
Kiribati High Commissioner to Fiji, Reteta Rimon says there is a potential for Kiribati to buy more products from Fiji.
“Fiji manufactures and produces much of what we order from Asia and Australia and New Zealand. We believe that there is greater merit in terms of saving costs and affordability to prices for our people.”
According to Rimon, trade between Fiji and Kiribati could begin much quicker than anticipated.
“Reporter: So have there been talks on trade with Fiji? Answer – Yes, in fact Fiji had offered, there is trade between Fiji and Tuvalu through Rotuma, Kiribati is also included in that.”
Rimon says Fiji has been very supportive towards Kiribati as it struggles with the adverse effects of global warming indicating that that there’s potential for more than just trade.
“You know that Natadola communiqué, we’ve already concluded that with Fiji and it covers a whole range of areas of cooperation in education, in pharmaceuticals, in trade and so many others.”
Kiribati has shown interest in six thousand acres of land in Savusavu – a back up of sorts – with the impact of climate change constantly impeding everyday life.