PT&I interns help build new bridges

15/12/2013

<p style="text-align: justify;">Interns at Pacific Islands Trade and Invest (PT&amp;I) Sydney and Auckland offices have helped establish new links for the respective offices that hosted them.<!--more--></p>
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[caption id="attachment_5640" align="aligncenter" width="350"]<a href="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/PTI-Sydney-Intern.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-5640" alt="Photo 1: (Left to right) 
Donald Pelam, Vanuatu Trade Representative, Vanuatu Government Department of Industry. Mr M.L. Bhuthong Thongyai, Trade Commissioner, Thai Trade Centre, Sydney.
Jeremy Grennell, Export Services Manager, PT&amp;I Sydney
Mr Wirat Tatsaringkansakul, Director, Thailand Board of Investment, Australia." src="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/PTI-Sydney-Intern.jpg" width="350" height="280" /></a> Photo: (Left to right) 
Donald Pelam, Vanuatu Trade Representative, Vanuatu Government Department of Industry. Mr M.L. Bhuthong Thongyai, Trade Commissioner, Thai Trade Centre, Sydney.
Jeremy Grennell, Export Services Manager, PT&amp;I Sydney
Mr Wirat Tatsaringkansakul, Director, Thailand Board of Investment, Australia.[/caption]

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<p style="text-align: justify;">Vanuatu trade representative Donald Pelam, who recently concluded his internship with PT&amp;I in Sydney, met with M.L. Bhuthong Thongyai, Thailand’s Trade Commissioner based in Sydney and Mr Wirat Tatsaringkansakul, the Director of the Thailand Board of Investment, Australia.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Mr. Pelam hopes to foster closer links between Thailand and Vanuatu and is looking forward to hosting the two consuls of Thai Trade and Investment in Vanuatu at some stage. Mr. Pelam has also had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Consulate Trade officials, Austrade – (the Australian Trade Commission) as well as the team at NSW Trade and Investment during his internship.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Mr Pelam has been working closely with PT&amp;I Export Services Manager Jeremy Grennell during his placement and assisted him in delivering another successful Pacific Islands stand at Fine Food Australia trade show in Sydney, September 2013. Mr. Grennell said, “This partnership between PT&amp;I and the Vanuatu Department of Industry has already brought excellent results, outstanding connections and contacts with which we can continue our mission of connecting Pacific Island sellers to international buyers.”</p>
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[caption id="attachment_5641" align="aligncenter" width="350"]<a href="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/PTI-Auckland-Sheryllia-Waia.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-5641" alt="Photo: FNZCCI Board Member Myriam Kleinmann with (r) Sheryllia (Shery) Waia PT&amp;I Student Intern from New Caledonia at the One Place office in Auckland" src="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/PTI-Auckland-Sheryllia-Waia.jpg" width="350" height="280" /></a> Photo: FNZCCI Board Member Myriam Kleinmann with (r) Sheryllia (Shery) Waia PT&amp;I Student Intern from New Caledonia at the One Place office in Auckland[/caption]
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<p style="text-align: justify;">Over in Auckland, Student Intern Shery Waia of New Caledonia and PT&amp;I Auckland team member Eleanor Ikinofo visited French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (FNZCCI) and Board Member Myriam Kleinmann to learn more about FNZCCI and the relationship within New Zealand and with New Caledonia.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">According to Ms Kleinmann the FNZCCI are planning to become more active in 2014 following the AGM next April. Ms Kleinmann said the past role of the FNZCCI was largely to network and connect people to key business contacts, provide assistance with market research and support for French people wanting to do business in New Zealand.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">In 2014 this could change with the funding available from France for full-time student intern from April-December next year. Along with its other activities the FNZCCI plan to become more active in trade and business by hosting a Trade Mission to New Caledonia – likely to be later in the year around September. The mission had been postponed from 2013 due to time restrictions.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">There has also been a trend for more wealthy New Caledonians making requests for assistance to source commercial properties in New Zealand. Ms Kleinmann says the upcoming referendum on Independence has some business people “a bit unsettled”. Education is another big draw card for the wealthier New Caledonians who view New Zealand’s education system favourably, even though New Caledonians obtain free education in France.</p>