PT&I’s Mona Mato appointed to PBT board


Auckland based Trade &amp; Export Promotions Officer of <b>Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest</b> (PT&amp;I) Teremoana Kenneth Mato, better known around the Pacific as Mona, has been appointed to the board of the Pacific Business Trust (PBT).<!--more-->

New Zealand Government’s Minister for Pacific Island Affairs Hekia Parata announced the appointment last week. PBT, a charitable trust established in 1985, works to develop a strong economic base for Pacific peoples in New Zealand by providing opportunities through business participation and ownership.

Mona has a wealth of international experience in exports, trade, and investments. PT&amp;I’s Auckland based Trade Commissioner Adam Denniss told <b>Pacific Periscope</b> that the appointment was due recognition of Mona’s capabilities, the breadth of experience and a wide network of connections in governments, the private sector, and the community.

Saying that he was humbled by the appointment (which he said came as a surprise when he was informed about it while on holiday at home in Rarotonga) Mona told <b>Pacific Periscope</b>, “My role with <b>PT&amp;I</b> is to promote, connect and facilitate export-ready and export capable businesses from the Pacific region into the New Zealand marketplace.

“The appointment is a platform that gives me the opportunity to further advocate the business and economic interests of our Pacific people in New Zealand. I know our people are entrepreneurial and have the skill-base and desire to succeed, and our role is to guide and nurture those skills.”

Mona is a graduate of the University of Waikato, New Zealand, with a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a has a graduate degree from the University of the South Pacific.

He has worked in diverse trade and business roles in the Cook Islands where he originates from and brings a wealth of experience to his position in Auckland. Mona has been the Business Development Manager with the Small Business Enterprise Centre assisting small business development in the Cook Islands.

He was previously the Trade Marketing Manager for the Cook Islands Development Investment Board and co-led a number of successful trade and investment missions to a number of countries.

The PT&amp;I team congratulates Mona on this new appointment and pledges to support him in his work toward enhancing links between businesses in the Pacific Islands and those in New Zealand.