12 Nov 2009

Fiji NZ Business Council concerned about trade ties

1:52 pm on 12 November 2009

The Fiji New Zealand Business Council says it would like to see discussions between the New Zealand government and the Fiji interim regime in order to preserve the trade relationship.

The Council issued a statement about its concern after the Fiji interim regime expelled New Zealand's and Australia's top diplomats earlier this month after accusing them of misinforming Canberra and Wellington and waging a negative campaign against the government and people of Fiji.

New Zealand and Australia retaliated by ordering Fiji's top diplomats to leave.

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says all is well between Fiji and its Trans-Tasman neighbours at a business level.

However, the Council says the current situation is moving closer towards seriously threatening and reducing annual trade.

It says there comes a point when countries need to be co-operating to boost trade and forestall the impacts of the global recession.

The Council has suggested that New Zealand drop its travel bans on the interim regime and its associates as a demonstration of goodwill.