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Invitations are in the Mail

We’re talking about Emails, that is… And the invitations have been forwarded to thousands of relevant industry stakeholders from all around the Asia Pacific region who will soon be attending the Australian International Sourcing Fair (AISF) on the 22nd -24th of November in Sydney this month.


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Posted on: November 20 at 7:21 pm
 
An Oldie but Real Goodie

This article ‘COVER STORY: RAG’S RE-INVENTION- Garment Industry Here to Stay’ dates back more than a year to late 2010 when Fiji’s TCF industry was just coming out of the 3 year AusAID program and was about to hit the ground running. The ensuing success from the first AISF show was truly unprecedented. While expectations were obviously high and spirits were perhaps even higher going in, the overwhelming and resounding response from the show created an even more unified platform for our group to build from.

The piece is an impressive detailing and compilation of TCF’s history along with highlights of an interview of TCF Council President Kalpesh by Island Business Magazine’s renowned reporter Dionisia Tabureguci. It takes the reader through the early stages of the industry through to its meteoric rise in the 1980′s and peak in 2000 on through to the rapid decline of the early 2000′s and right on up to present day stabilisation with encouraging new growth spurts.

Do take the time to read it… it’s truly a fascinating look into an industry’s exciting history. Here’s a couple of highlights contained in the article:

On the History

“At its peak in 2000, some 150 garment factories were in operation, employing up to 20,000 people and exporting close to F$350 million worth of products to Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe. By then, garment had displaced sugar as Fiji’s main export commodity and had also matched the tourism industry in terms of the number of people it employed. It was, however, a shaky rise to stardom.”

On the AISF Trade Show in Australia

“It was an eye-opener for us and I think all companies that went are now getting enquiries and some are in the process of negotiations with prospective clients,” said Kamlesh Naidu, General Manager of Jack’s Garmets Ltd.”

On the opportunity ahead

“Fiji’s garment manufacturers, on the other hand, have had a long history of relationships with Australian buyers and are able to supply quality niche garments, on time and at a stable price. In fact, according to a key industry player, China’s booming home market is resulting in delayed shipments and reduced quantities into Australia from China, resulting in Australian buyers turning to Fiji where the quality is better and orders can be supplied in a timely manner.”

Enjoy the read and look forward to the exciting next chapter ahead.


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Posted on: November 12 at 10:25 am
 
Mark One Creating Goodwill

Always remaining committed to the community is a core principle of Mr. Mark Halabe, director of Mark One Apparel. With a strong focus on driving forward projects that resonate down to individuals; Mark One is lending its considerable clout to numerous goodwill projects. One such project is replacing the roof of the P.J.Towmey Hospital in Tamavua. Another project is their hosting one of the biggest morning teas for cancer and yet another is hosting a Blood Drive every six months, as Fiji is perennially short on donor blood.

The P.J. Towmey hospital treats various skin diseases, something that is highly prevalent in our tropical climate. With a dilapidated roof, Mark One Apparel decided to help get things moving for the sake of the many sick and unfortunate. This successful goodwill project was accomplished in February this year with a resounding and hardy thanks emanating from the Hospital administration.

The ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ for cancer research and patient support is a very important even in Fiji. The hosts take this very serious and it brings the nation together. Hosted in Fiji in July, there were many participants for this event. Mark One stepped up to be one of the larger hosts of the ‘Biggest’ event. Mark One has served as a host for this event for the past 3 years with each year resulting in more funds raised and more participation. Mr. Halabe mentioned that one small idea which happened to germinate into a big donor funds was where the management, administration and team leaders of Mark One provided a dish to sell during the tea and lunch breaks and with each dollar raised, the company matched that amount. In Fiji we call this Double Up!

Lastly Mark One Apparel also hosts blood drive events every six months, where the management, the administration and the staff donate blood for the major hospitals around Fiji. With such major shortages in Fiji, every drop of blood can truly mean the difference of a life saved.

Mr. Halabe urges all the members of the public to regularly take part in this event and support it.


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Posted on: November 2 at 9:15 am
 

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