Message from the Chargé d’Affaires
I warmly welcome all members of the business and investment communities interested in trade between the United States and the Pacific Islands Countries. America has longstanding commercial ties with the Pacific region going back to the days of exploration, fishing, and whaling vessels. The United States Embassy in Suva, Fiji, has responsibility for trade matters with Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. This is a region rich in natural and human resources, English-speaking, with educated populations familiar with American products. You will find the people of the region welcoming to American trade and investment opportunities.
With Fiji, the largest economy in the region with a GDP of $4 billion, two-way trade averages about $200 million annually. We welcome the Fijian government’s recent steps towards restoring constitutional democracy in Fiji, and to promote greater two-way trade for the benefit of consumers and entrepreneurs in both countries.
We have been working with the Fijian government and U.S. offices to open up more areas for expanded trade in general and agricultural related trade in particular between our nations. The Fiji-American Business Council/ AMCHAM, which the Embassy is a member of, helps businesses make connections and discuss solutions to trade challenges. We recognize that Fiji is the trade, transportation, and human capacity hub in the Pacific, so it’s important for American businesses to know that they can reach multiple markets by having a presence here in Fiji.
Several U.S. government agencies, such as OPIC and the Ex-Im Bank, help U.S. exporters by providing risk insurance and export facilitation. The American Embassy Commercial Section helps connect American businesses with partners in the Pacific and advocates for American businesses on regulatory issues with the government. We also brief U.S. trade delegations, provide guest speakers, share U.S. commercial news updates, and trade show information. We’re looking ahead at expanding regional connections among businesses across the Pacific islands countries the Embassy works in.
You are welcome to visit the American Embassy in Suva, Fiji, with any questions on trade matters.