Australia Getting Urgently Needed COVID-19 Supplies to Fiji

Australia Getting Urgently Needed COVID-19 Supplies to Fiji

Mirage News 7 May 2021 – The Morrison Government has helped arrange the delivery of urgently needed stocks of medical-grade ethanol to Fiji. The ethanol is used in COVID-19 testing kits.

Working with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and the Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, the Australian family-owned Manildra Group has responded to an urgent request by Fijian Centre for Disease Control for ethanol.

The shipment touched down in Nadi on 22 April, with Australian officials on the ground working with Fiji Customs to ensure a smooth import process.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan congratulated Manildra Group for its quick response and said the humanitarian value of the exercise far outweighed the cost of the goods and airfreight.

“The efforts of the Morrison Government and Manildra Group to support our Pacific neighbours demonstrates the strength of the relationships between Australian exporters and international partners, especially in the agri-business space,” Mr Tehan said.

“Our Government is committed to assisting Australian exporters to diversify and expand their export markets and we are also dedicated to assisting our closest neighbours as they respond to this pandemic.”