PT&I network’s Japan official visits NZ, Tonga


The Auckland offices of Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest (PT&amp;I) hosted Reiko Takada, Promotion Coordinator of Pacific Islands Centre, the Tokyo based offices of the PT&amp;I network.<!--more-->

Ms Takada met with the Auckland team and held discussions on exports from Pacific Island countries into Japan. The Asian economic powerhouse has been importing a range of products from the region including squash, taro, vanilla, edible and cosmetic coconut products from Polynesian nations, especially Tonga and Samoa.

[caption id="attachment_5843" align="alignleft" width="138"]<a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-5843" alt="Reiko Takada (centre) with PT&amp;I Auckland team members Dev Nadkarni (left) and Joe Fuavao." src="" width="138" height="104" /></a> Reiko Takada (centre) with PT&amp;I Auckland team members Dev Nadkarni (left) and Joe Fuavao.[/caption]

Though exports are in small quantities at present, Ms Takada said there was potential for growth, particularly in products like vanilla, which is currently being used by a chain of upmarket cake shops in Osaka, Kobe and Tokyo as well as virgin coconut oil, which a Japanese importer has been selling successfully through an online store. Potential for growth in exports of Nonu products also could be tapped, Ms Takada said. Currently Japan imports Nonu particularly from Samoa.

Ms Takada also visited Tonga last week, meeting with several exporters, producers and growers in Tongatapu and Vava’u.

More than 50,000 people visited the Japan Management Association’s 2014 Private Label Trade Show between 18 and 24 February, where a special booth for Pacific Islands displayed a range of island products from Fiji, Tonga and Marshall Islands.

Private enterprises as well as from Japanese importers who displayed products from Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, Tonga, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The effort was made possible thanks to cooperation with several Pacific Island Embassies.

“Our Pacific Island exhibitors were all fully satisfied with the exhibition and the resulting business negotiations with many Japanese companies. We will carefully follow up on each business meeting until successful contracts are agreed upon,” Ms Takada said.