Five businesses have been presented with National Export Strategy certificates today.
They are Bula Batiki Association, Civa (Fiji) Pearls Limited, Paper Source South Pacific Limited, Tropical Aquarium Fish (Fiji) Limited and Zonah United.
Minister for Industry and Trade, Premila Kumar says not only will they be given certificates but will also be assisted by the Ministry in the program.
Kumar also says this program was launched in 2006 by the Fijian government to stimulate the country’s trade and export sector.
She says under the program, they have assisted 105 projects with support amounting to over $14 million.
Bula Batiki will be assisted with $96,923.47 for the purchase of building materials for the production and export of virgin coconut oil, honey and sea salt while Paper Source South Pacific will be assisted with $70,374.42 to purchase a 3 in 1 Automatic High Speed Industrial Roll Slitting Re-winder machine for the manufacturing of toilet paper and tissues paper towels.
$266,667 will be given to Tropical Aquarium Fiji for the construction of its warehouse and processing facility while finally Zonah United will receive $85, 879.74 for purchasing their machines to cater for the growing demand of their Ginger, Turmeric and Cinnamon from countries like USA and Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Civa (Fiji) Pearls owner, Claude Prevost says the $88,513.63 grant given by the Ministry will be able to assist him and his company in the production, harvesting and exporting of pearls.