Samoan delegation ends scoping mission

A DELEGATION from the Samoan Ministry of Commerce got a first-hand experience on how the Fiji Commerce Commission conducts its monitoring and enforcement.

This will complement the delegation's recommendations in establishing Samoa's Competition Commission.

As part of their week-long scoping mission here, the delegation was accompanied by the FCC chief executive officer Joel Abraham and his team on a field visit to two prominent Fijian businesses.

The delegation first visited supermarket giant RB Patel Supermarket in Centrepoint Laucala Beach, Nasinu where they had robust discussions with senior management team.

RB Patel general manager operations Fiji Jignesh Chauhan briefed the delegation on their operations locally and how they worked with the FCC.

The group later visited FMF Foods Ltd in Walu Bay, Suva, a company with brands already becoming popular in Samoa.

Samoa's regulator and head of delegation Unutoa Auelua-Fonoti said the week had been a very informative and productive one for them.

"We've learned a lot since we first arrived here not only from the hospitality of FCC but the sort of information that we need to know so we can go back home and use it," she said.

"To me personally, as a regulator, I have a similar role with FCC and things that I have learned are to use the facilitating role to interact with companies and consumers so we can solve problems in a way that it doesn't disadvantage anyone."

The team also visited the Reserve Bank of Fiji and the Consumer Council of Fiji earlier in the week.

"They all had different perspectives of different things and we would like to take this home."

Ms Auelua-Fonoti said the delegation at the end of their scoping mission here would submit their recommendations to the chief executive of the Samoan Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour upon their return.

This, she said, would then be passed on to the relevant minister who will then present it to cabinet.

The delegation ended its scoping mission yesterday and is expected to depart for Samoa today.

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