PM ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL SUGAR CONFERENCE

Prime Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama is currently in Jamaica to attend the 45th Annual International Sugar Organisation (ISO) Council conference.

The three day conference which started today is being attended by 100 delegates from 40 countries.

Presentations at the conference will include discussions on issues pertaining to cane breeding and development needs, opportunities for sugar, molasses and co-products amongst others.

With the theme, “Positioning for the New Market Frontiers”, the conference will feature keynote speakers such as the executive director for the ISO, Mr José Orive and the International Sugar Council chairman, Ambassador Derick Heaven.

PM Bainimarama is also the immediate past chair of the council after Fiji successfully hosted the 43rd council session in Denarau Nadi last year.

The head of government is accompanied by the Ministry for Sugar permanent secretary, Manasa Vaniqi, director, Viliame Gucake and the Sugarcane Growers Council chief executive officer, Sundresh Chetty.

ISO is the intergovernmental body that provides a platform for sugar producing countries to exchange ideas, new technologies and farming methods in the cane field and look at new markets.

It also looks at improving world sugar market conditions and has a proactive stance towards diversification of sugar products such as ethanol and bio-fuels.