Pacific businesses Singapore bound


The first Pacific Islands trade and investment mission to Singapore leaves this weekend.<!--more-->

<a href=""><img class=" size-full wp-image-6996 alignleft" src="" alt="rsz_screen_shot_2015-03-17_at_20630_pm" width="138" height="104" /></a>Early this year, one of Singapore’s leading trade associations, Trade &amp; Industry Association of Singapore (TIAS) invited Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest to lead a delegation of Pacific Island exporters to the body’s annual convention with a view to finding markets for Pacific Island products and services in Singapore and the wider Asian market as well as for Pacific Island businesses to seek investors from Singapore for their businesses/projects in the islands.

More than 1000 TIAS members as well as Government officials and ministers are expected to attend the event. TIAS members are from the marine, hospitality, tourism, transportation, real estate, food service and general trade sectors, besides others.

Among Pacific Island business represented are Fiji listed company Pleass Global. The company has enjoyed significant expansion and growth through local and export sales. Pleass Global is involved in water bottling, food and beverage packaging, tourism and horticulture. The most significant sales revenue is achieved through its bottled water business through the brands AquaSafe and VaiWai. More at <a href="">http://<strong></strong></a>

PNG Forest Products, a leading producer of timber and plywood products using only 100% plantation pine is also on the mission. Its products include prefabricated houses, dressed timber and mouldings, treated power poles, export high-grade plywood and veneers. <a href=""><strong></strong></a>

Foods Pacific Group is one of Fiji's largest family-owned private companies, and has a globally-sourced professional workforce. It has offices in North America, Australia, New Zealand, India and the United Kingdom, with regional sales representation throughout the Asia-Pacific area. The group has launched several international food brands which retail in the mainstream markets of Asia, Pacific, North America and Northern Europe. It is equipped with state of the art facilities for processing and packaging its export products. More at <a href=""><strong></strong></a>

Ora Moana Ltd. is an export company based in the Cook Islands, which specialises in the brokering and wholesaling of Cook Islands Black Pearls. As a broker, Ora Moana assists farmers to sell their production either as a whole crop or as small selected parcels. Ora Moana takes pride in being a company owned and staffed by Cook Islanders helping to sustain Cook Islands pearl farming families. Cook Islands Black pearls are cultured in the remote and pristine lagoon of Manihiki in our Northern Group islands with a population of approximately 300 people for whom pearl farming is their lifeblood. More at <a href=""><strong></strong></a>

Vanilla grower NIUE Vanilla International (NVI) is a community inspired family business based in the heart of Alofi North, NIUE Island. NVI specialises in the production, promotion, marketing and exporting of quality NIUE Vanilla products from fresh premium vanilla beans, pure vanilla extract and paste (processed from organic beans) to vanilla infused virgin coconut oil to global markets primarily NZ, Australia, Japan, USA and Europe. NVI currently supply fresh vanilla pods and products to executive chefs and gourmet consumers who appreciate premium quality and organic vanilla products. More at <a href=""><strong></strong></a>

TAV is a garment business utilising Polynesian patterns – a blend of traditional motifs and modern elements related to the Pacific lifestyle – carved on to boards created by the Tavioni family artists. Block printing, painting and dip dyeing are all hand done using various fabric paints and techniques on the natural fibres of cotton, silk and linen as well as mixes of Lycra and rayon for perfect drape and design. All are then incorporated into a stunning range of resort fashion including swimwear and leisure wear. Labour intensive printing utilises natural sunlight for drying before heat setting to ensure colour is run proof. More at <a href=""></a>

The mission is led by PT&amp;I Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade. Head of Investments Manuel Valdez will also be on the mission.