New edition of investment opportunities publication launched


<p style="text-align: justify;">Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, this week launched the 2012 edition of “Investment Opportunities in the Pacific Islands.”</p>
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The publication is the second edition of its kind developed by <strong>Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest</strong> (PT&amp;I), an arm of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat with offices in Auckland, Beijing, Geneva, Sydney and Tokyo. The PT&amp;I network has the specific objective of promoting the Pacific Islands businesses for increased export and inflow of investments.
<p style="text-align: justify;">Launching the new edition Mr Slade remarked that investment opportunities found in the Pacific remain as diverse as the region itself. “Spread across 14 island countries, six time zones and three sub-regions, investors are spoilt for choice,” he said. This year’s edition features 60 investment-ready opportunities in the 14 Forum Island Countries across various sectors.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“I would like to congratulate the Trade Commissioners of our international trade and investment offices for their continued hard work and initiative to create greater international opportunities for our region’s businesses,” Mr Slade said.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“Our Leaders have recognized the important role of the private sector in the region, and we must continue to support private sector development in the Pacific in pursuit of sustainable economies and communities, and to improve lives of Pacific peoples.” Mr Slade added.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Complementary to the publication, PT&amp;I is developing an online database of investment opportunities across the 14 Forum Island Countries which will be regularly updated. The online database will allow Pacific businesses looking for joint venture partners, equity participation or a buyer to use the database to promote investment in their business free-of-charge.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“When completed, it will be the only database of its kind in the Pacific islands region,” Mr Slade said. “We see this as an excellent way of attracting investor interest in the region and demonstrating that the Pacific is open for business.”</p>