Auckland Mayor to lead trade mission to Pacific Islands

29/06/2012

Auckland mayor Len Brown will lead a group of prominent Auckland business leaders to Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands next week. Auckland has the largest population of Pacific islanders in the world.<!--more-->

The trade delegation aims to further develop closer economic and political relationships with Auckland’s three Pacific partner countries.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Samoa, as well as the 50th anniversary of Samoan independence, and the mission also serves to acknowledge these important milestones.

Delegates will include selected Auckland business executives drawn from the education, infrastructure and food &amp; beverage sectors. These are amongst the priority sectors in Auckland Council’s Economic Development Strategy. Together they represent 23 per cent of the Auckland economy.

The mission aims to renew, stimulate and strengthen relationships with Auckland’s partner countries; to present a unified Auckland approach to promoting the city’s capabilities and its contribution to sustainable development in the Pacific; to provide a catalyst for business opportunities for participating companies and increase two-way trade opportunities; and provide participants with a greater understanding of the Pacific market.

Delegates will receive briefings by the New Zealand High Commissioners and other relevant business representatives; attend official receptions and networking functions; undertake site visits to key infrastructure projects and relevant business operations; meet with businesses in the food and beverage, education and infrastructure sectors; and meet with key government officials and business organisations.

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