SUVA, (FIJI TIMES) --- Twenty- eight companies from eight Pacific Island countries have been given the golden opportunity to showcase and test their products in the New Zealand market at this year's Pasifika Festival from March 23-30.
The Pacific Periscope said the Pacific Trade & Invest New Zealand had organised its biggest contingent to attend the festival which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
It said the 28 companies were from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).
The companies were chosen as part of the next step in the PT&I's Pacific Path to Market Program, which is an export capability building program that covers a series of methodical steps to entering an export market. The program is delivered in partnership by PT&I NZ and an Economic Development Agency in each country.
“PPTM is specifically designed to respond to the exporters' needs. We have a comprehensive program in place that will help our clients learn more about exporting to New Zealand, understanding the market and the practicalities of doing business with a New Zealand buyer," said Joe Fuavao, PT&I Trade Development manager.
PT&I has held a series of PPTM programmes around the region to help businesses progress and understand the necessities required for exporting to New Zealand and develop their businesses to an export-ready stage through workshops and mentoring.
According to the Pacific Periscope, this year, PT&I has organised large contingents from Melanesia and Polynesia reflecting the closer distance to New Zealand shores.
“PT&I NZ looks forward to warmly welcoming the participants in this year's Pasifika programme.
“We are confident that many of these companies will successfully begin to export their products to New Zealand in the future,” Ian Furlong, PT&I Trade development manager said.
It said with a large selection of authentic Pacific Island products ranging from fresh produce (taro), kava powder, noni juice, bilum bags, chocolates and beauty products, this trade mission represents a unique opportunity for participants to test and sell their products to a New Zealand audience, gain market insights and secure export deals.
According to the Pacific Periscope it's a very long way to travel for representatives from Palau and the RMI who would journey over two days by a series of flights to arrive in New Zealand in time for the festival.
It said however it's worth the trip for Palau's coconut candy and various cookies made from taro and other root crops and a treat in store for handicraft connoisseurs would be the RMI who are renowned across the Pacific and internationally for their distinctive style and quality in handicraft products.
Nine companies will come from the Polynesian subregion. Among these will be Samoa's bottled water, healthful turmeric juice, the delicacy of Palolo pate and fashion printed shirts and Tonga's fresh produce, smoked seafood, virgin coconut oil and skin care.
PT&I has organised a comprehensive programme for the delegation that will arrive in New Zealand on Thursday a day before Pasifika.
On the Monday following Pasifika, PT&I has organised workshops for the delegation before they fly back to their respective islands on Tuesday.
PT&I is proud to deliver PPTM 2017 with the assistance of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT) and in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce, Consumer, Trade, Innovation and Labour of Tonga, the Fiji Export Council, Investment Promotion Authority (Papua New Guinea), Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Small Business Development Centre (Palau), Office of Commerce and Investment (RMI) and Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (SAME).