PT&I Auckland Board of Advisors attend first meeting

22/03/2016

The newly formed Board of Advisors of Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) NZ met for the first time at the PT&I offices in Auckland last week. Chairman of the Board John Crawford chaired the meeting. Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade presented a detailed overview of PT&I, its functions and discussed the year’s planned activities and programmes.

[caption id="attachment_7755" align="alignleft" width="450"]<a href="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/rsz_1img_LARGE-.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-7755" src="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/rsz_1img_LARGE-.jpg" alt="PT&amp;I Auckland's new Advisory Board met for the first time last week." width="450" height="300" /></a> PT&amp;I Auckland's new Advisory Board met for the first time last week.[/caption]

The function of the Advisory Board is to offer advice on anything that management may need assistance on from marketing, managing people, to influencing directions of stakeholders and regulators.

The Advisory Board’s members bring to the table a wealth of experience and expertise from several sectors including government, administration, trade, investment, exports and the private sector, all with a strong Pacific focus.

Mr Crawford said the board brought to PT&amp;I a “breadth of networks” not just from government, administration, politics and business but also deep links into Pasifika communities. He encouraged the PT&amp;I team to ask the question “How PT&amp;I could best use all this experience and overlapping networks” to achieve its goals of bringing economic benefit to Pacific Island Forum nations.

Trade Commissioner Greenslade said the meeting was a good start and a great opportunity for PT&amp;I to tap into its wide experience, knowledge and wisdom.

Earlier this year Mr Greenslade wrote in <em>Pacific Periscope</em>, “We feel the establishment of an Advisory Board is a natural step in the maturing of our organisation … the Advisory Board will provide wise counsel, innovation, and insights from a third party point of view (as distinct from an operational basis).”

The Advisory Board comprises John Crawford (Chairman), Matua Shane Jones, Peter Kiely, Rachel Afeaki Taumoepeau and Rob Donley.

The board will meet four times a year, with the next meeting scheduled for May.

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