Investing in oneself is the best one can do, says PT&I intern


Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest (PT&amp;I) Beijing commenced its 2015 PT&amp;I Pacific Internship Programme this month by welcoming Henry Aisi of Papua New Guinea<!--more--> and Kalvin Ehmes of Federated States of Micronesia as the first intake of this year’s programme.

[caption id="attachment_7107" align="alignleft" width="138"]<a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-7107" src="" alt="Henry Aisi of Papua New Guinea is a new intern at PT&amp;I in Beijing." width="138" height="104" /></a> Henry Aisi of Papua New Guinea is a new intern at PT&amp;I in Beijing.[/caption]

The interns are final year university students who are fluent in both written and spoken Mandarin. The short term internships undertaken with the PT&amp;I office will help to build their understanding of the international market and trade facilitation processes, foster relationships with networks of key buyers, importers, wholesalers and review existing and potential opportunities available.

Deputy Trade Commissioner Louisa Sifakula said, “This is an opportunity for our Pacific youth to enhance their understanding of some of the trade and investment issues that our region faces and to provide some fresh perspectives. It is also a great way for them to invest in their future careers by utilising their Mandarin skills in a professional work environment. I hope the experience will inspire our pacific youth as they have all the potential to be our Trade Commissioners of the future.”

At the end of their internship each intern will produce a market insights report on their selected area of interest and will highlight trade and investment opportunities between China and the Pacific Islands.

PNG’s Henry Aisi is in his fourth year of a Mining Engineering degree at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing is interested in looking more closely at mineral resources in the region.

“PNG is blessed with natural resources and I wish to work in the mining Industry back in PNG. While undertaking this internship at PT&amp;I I would like to understand how to attract investments. I am looking forward to applying this new found knowledge in my country and find companies with good reputations to help extract the natural resources and do so sustainably while helping the communities where the project sites are and the country as a whole,” Henry says.

Henry is appreciative of the fact that he is working with an experienced team, which he believes understands different aspects of trade and investment. “They can help me fully understand the mechanics, laws, procedures and regulations of trade and investment between China and the Pacific,” he says.

Among his challenges, Henry lists learning Mandarin as one. “I have studied in China for five years and still need to consult my dictionary daily. Studying in Chinese Mandarin is not for the faint-hearted because there are more than 10,000 different characters with their own definitions. Reading and speaking are easily grasped, but writing is the hard part. A lot of translating needs to be done to fully understand concepts being taught,” he says.

He hopes to pick up skills and the knowledge at this internship to help boost trade and investment in his home country.

<strong>Pacific Periscope</strong> will profile Kalvin Ehmes of Federated States of Micronesia in a subsequent edition.