Kalvin wants to build bridges between China and the Pacific


Kalvin Ehmes of Federated States of Micronesia is one of two of the first intake of this year’s internship programme at Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest (PT&amp;I) Beijing.<!--more--><a href="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/rsz_kalvin_ehmes.jpg"><img class=" size-full wp-image-7138 alignleft" src="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/rsz_kalvin_ehmes.jpg" alt="rsz_kalvin_ehmes" width="138" height="104" /></a> His co-intern is Henry Aisi of Papua New Guinea (who was profiled in the last edition of Pacific Periscope).

PT&amp;I Beijing Deputy Trade Commissioner Louisa Sifakula said, “This is an opportunity for 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.”

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.

Kalvin is a third year Bachelor’s Degree student at the Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing majoring in International Economics and Trade. He said his study at the university “has provided great opportunities such as this internship at Pacific Trade and Investment.”

After three and half years in China, he adds, “Adapting to the new culture and new life style has been challenging, but the experience is worth it. I, as an individual, have encountered many challenges that have changed my character, and have changed me into a Chinese language speaker and have broadened my knowledge of the Trade and Investment worlds.

“Through this internship, I hope to utilize all my knowledge and Chinese speaking skills, so what I have learned can benefit the development of the Pacific Island countries.”

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.