The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism is responsible for the development and implementation of policies that lead to the growth of businesses, industries and trade. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector, is the bedrock for industrial and trade development. In this regard, the targeted initiatives of the Ministry aim to secure sustainable livelihoods for all Fijians and achieve inclusive economic growth. The MSMEs are also the catalyst for innovation and development of homegrown niche products and technologies. Hence, the Ministry sees the International Business Awards as a means of giving recognition and encouragement to MSMEs.
A Kava export business based in the North with business turnover gaining volumes over the last 3 years, the company mainly exports Kava commodities: White Kava chips, Kava roots, powdered Kava kava related items (eg: Kava Drinking Bowls, Kava Mixing Cloth, Tanoa) and also Dried Mullet Fish and Sasa Brooms to markets in New Zealand, Hawaii, Nauru, Cook Islands and America. The company based in the 3 Provinces of Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata, engages over 2000 Kava farmers, promoting local farmers to utilize their land and resources for sustainable future. The company has a competitive edge and broke conventional barriers in its business style.
Foneology Solutions Limited is today leading mobile phone repair service providers in Fiji and has grown from strength to strength. The company is the exclusive repair center for some of the world’s renowned mobile phones such as Alcatel, Samsung and Vido. Foneology Solutions Limited has expanded its service beyond the traditional allies and repairs phones from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia with efforts underway to add Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam to its portfolio. Judges praised James Tusslers’ vision for growth, especially into the new and emerging South East Asian markets and for its for its excellent customer service.
Foneology Solutions Ltd was first established in 2006 to provide a local mobile phone repair service. From humble beginnings, Foneology now leads the way in the Pacific and Asia, and has become the service repairer of choice to a number of significant mobile phone manufacturers within the region. Their exceptional service has also been recognised by winning multiple awards, including last year’s Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year for ICT Export Services award. Total and export revenue has grown by more than 100% in the last three years, staff numbers have doubled and the number of significant export markets have increased. Judges commented on the strong commitment to service excellence and the desire of the company to continue to expand within the Asia Pacific area.