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The Balibo Fort Hotel and Culture and Heritage Centre was opened last week by Timor-Leste’s former President and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, with other government dignitaries and visitors including Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Doyle and former Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks in the historic mountain town in the West of the country. Read full Story.

Spicing up chili production in Pakistan

MDF Pakistan has signed a partnership with spice company National Foods, to sustainably source and process high quality and export grade chilies in Sindh Province, in the countries South. Read full Story.

MDF and ANZ join forces to support SME growth in Fiji

MDF has partnered with ANZ Bank in Fiji to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) access bank finance by promoting business advisory services, to turn companies’ financing needs into loan applications that are acceptable to banks. Read full Story.

New salt refinery helping improve the health of people in Timor-Leste

The establishment of the country’s first iodised salt refinery plant by NPM Industries in Ulmera, Liquica District, with support from MDF is a major breakthrough in the attempt to ensure availability of locally produced, good quality and competitive iodised salt in the country. Read full Story.

Expanding market linkages and services for dairy farmers in Pakistan

The Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Peter Heyward and his wife Susan inaugurated a new milk collection centre in February, in Fattoo Wala Chakkar – a village in Vehari district of Southern Punjab in Pakistan. The event marked the start of the second phase of the partnership between MDF and Shakarganj Food Products Limited, which has established 10 milk collection centres in villages in Southern Punjab. Read full Story.

Southern Solutions engages more fishermen to provide consistent year-round seafood in Fiji

MDF and Southern Solutions partnered in October last year to address the lack of year-round supply of fresh and processed seafood, particularly for the tourism industry. Many hotels, resorts and restaurants rely on importing these items and this becomes more difficult when certain quality or consistency requirements are imposed, especially with hotels and resorts. Read full Story.

Fos Timor: Timor-Leste’s first rice brand supplies local rice to consumers  

Timor-Leste’s first ever local rice brand, ‘Fos Timor’ produced by Acelda Unipessoal was launched in September last year, marking an important milestone for the country in reducing its dependence on imports through creation of a new rice market. Read full Story.

Fiji Export Council looks at long-term policy change to help Fijian exporters

A new partnership between MDF and the Fiji Export Council (FEC) is striving to promote a scheme to benefit exporters by relieving them of paying import duties and taxes on imported goods that are used for manufacturing and processing of products for export. Read full Story.
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"Meeting farmers in Timor-Leste: FarmPro Vegetables"  - join MDF Business Advisors Maria de Araujo dos Reis and Luisa Cardoso as they meet vegetable farmers in Timor-Leste. Read full Story.

MDF Business Advisor Luisa Cardoso inspects vegetable farms
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