PT&I plans new Return to Roots mission


<strong>Pacific Trade &amp; Invest’</strong>s New Zealand is planning its fifth ‘Returns to Roots’ mission next year.<!--more-->

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Scheduled for March 25-28 2013, the destination is Fiji. Return to Roots is a programme in which New Zealand businesspeople of Pacific islands origin are encouraged to consider gainfully investing in their home countries with a view to growing local economies while transferring their experience and expertise to locals.

“We encourage these successful businesspeople to look at their home island countries with new eyes,” says Manuel Valdez, Head of Investments and COO, who has been part of four successful missions – one each to Samoa, Tonga, Niue and the Cook Islands in the past few years.

The missions have resulted in investments and increased trade between New Zealand and these island nations. Among these are included investments in land in Samoa, the establishment of a beef farm and a feed mill in Tonga and a couple of greenfield enterprises in Niue, many of which have been covered in previous issues of <strong>Pacific Periscope</strong> and <strong>Trade Winds</strong>.

The mission Fiji is being jointly organised with the Fiji High Commission in New Zealand in coordination with number of government and private agencies in Fiji. The mission will comprise 10 businesspeople from New Zealand of Fiji origin, who will be selected according to certain established criteria after receiving their expressions of interest.

Delegates will meet with government officials, investment promotion agencies, private sector and chamber of commerce members and people interested in collaborations, investments and exports. While most of costs of the visit will be sponsored, selected participants will be expected to pay a nominal amount.

Email Mr Valdez at to obtain applications for expression of interest. Completed forms must be returned before the end of November. Readers are requested to pass on this information to anyone who qualifies (Businessperson of Fiji origin living in NZ) and might want to participate.