Excitement builds up for Prime Minister’s International Business Awards

After a hiatus of three years the excitement is building up again for the Prime Minister's International Business Awards (PMIBA) with major local businesses anticipating their win.

There are 13 categories for this year’s award, celebrating business innovation, resilience, and excellence as well as uplifting the country's economy and standards in the process.

Investment Fiji Chief Executive Officer Kamal Chetty commented on the importance of the awards, saying the PMIBA has been a shining example of the success and resilience of local businesses.

“These awards recognize the businesses that are driving innovation, creating jobs, and expanding Fiji's global reach,” said Chetty.

“I am incredibly proud of all of the applicants that have been selected and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at the upcoming ceremony."

Port Denarau Marina, one of the applicants for the Excellence in Service Award reaffirms their commitment to excellence and innovation in the maritime and yachting sector.

Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Rasch said, this was their first time participating in the PMIBA which was of great significance to them.

“This recognition not only fuels our pursuit of excellence but also underscores our dedication to making a positive impact on our community and country,” she said.

“It provides a valuable platform to showcase our achievements and share our journey with a wider audience,” added Rasch.

Investment Fiji Chief Executive Officer Kamal Chetty, Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus Program Country Manager -Fiji Navi Tuivuniwai with Communications Manager Filipe Naigulevu at the PMIBA launch in 2022

Fiji Airways, the national airline of Fiji, is another applicant for the PMIBA.

Chief Executive Officer Andre Viljoen said, as the National Airline, it is crucial for Fiji Airways to participate in the Prime Minister’s International Business Awards in order to be recognized for excellence as a local business that represents Fiji around the world.

“We consider ourselves a global ambassador for Fiji. Therefore, we must also seek opportunities to highlight our achievements, to tell our story and to inspire other local businesses to pursue excellence,” he said

“The Fiji Airways Group serves 108 destinations in over 15 nations (including code-share), brings in 70 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1000 employees, and is targeting to earn revenues of over FJD$1.5 billion (USD $680m) in 2023.

He added the company was the largest foreign exchange earner for Fiji with all revenue staying within the country’s economy.

The prestigious Prime Minister's International Business Awards event is expected to attract business leaders from around the country and the world.

The awards will beheld on November 25th at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island with only limited tickets available.