The region’s biggest and most exciting annual trade fair – the MSG Trade Fair got underway yesterday at the Chambres du Metiers in Noumea, New Caledonia showcasing a wide range of industries, products and investment opportunities.
Over 60 exhibitors and entrepreneurs from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia are participating at the event.
Among the products on display are confectionery, spices, coffee, fabrics and handicraft, beverages, processed foods, manufactured goods, industrial products, oils and fragrances, kava and a range of tourism, travel and e-commerce services.
The aim of the Investment Roadshow is to showcase possible areas of investment opportunities in Melanesia, and showcase products manufactured within Melanesia with the hope of establishing markets.
“This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and traders to within the MSG to exchange investment and ideas and develop business opportunities and partnerships,” said Vanuatu’s Minister for Trade and Economic Management Willie Jimmy.
“It is an opportunity for investors and companies to get an idea of what is available in the different MSG markets, with the overall purpose to build and develop business relationships,” the Ministers said.
One such company is Motiram & Co Ltd from Fiji who specialize in linen, uniforms, exhibit fabrics and samples.
“We are looking to explore export opportunities in the Pacific region, and express our interest to be commercial linen suppliers to the hospitality market in New Caledonia,” said company representative Geeta Raniga.
“We are currently supplying to PNG, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands and are hoping to establish firm business relationships with the New Caledonian market,” she said.
This is the 3rd Investment Roadshow and Trade Fair organized by the Melanesian Spearhead Group, with previous trade fairs held in Fiji in 2013, and PNG in 2014.
Officials have noted that the quality and standard of the Trade Fair has continued to grow with the participation of committed and serious entrepreneurs and investors.
The events are being supported and funded by MSG members and budgetary support from the European Union, through the Pacific Islands Forum, under the Pacific Integration Technical Assistance Project (PITAP).