Samoa on show in Southern China

13/10/2015

Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest (PT&amp;I) China office is in the final stages of preparation for the one-week Southern China Trade Mission for Pacific exporters --and exhibitors’ anticipation is building.<!--more-->

[caption id="attachment_7421" align="alignleft" width="138"]<a href="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/rsz_natural_foods_international_samoa_-_image_2.jpg"><img class="wp-image-7421 size-full" src="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/rsz_natural_foods_international_samoa_-_image_2.jpg" alt="rsz_natural_foods_international_samoa_-_image_2" width="138" height="104" /></a> Breadfruit chips is one of many Samoan products that will be showcased in China.[/caption]

Papali’i Grant Percival is keen to promote new business opportunities when he represents Samoa on the PT&amp;I Mission to Southern China later this month, along with business representatives from across the Pacific.

His business, Natural Foods, has a long and distinguished history as a food processor in Samoa. Its signature product is Nonu juice, the traditional tonic widely used in the Pacific for good health.  Natural Foods also produces tropical fruit chips, breadfruit flour, banana flour, frozen taro and taro bread fruit.

“I am hoping to build stronger business connections with China, which is now such an important economy for the future development of businesses in Samoa and across the region,” said Mr Percival, who is also a past president of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mr Percival will join the PT&amp;I tour of key business centres of Southern China, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Dongguan, at the end of October to seek investment to further develop his business.  He wants to further develop breadfruit flour processing, to grow exports and to also work with an investor partner to implement a low energy solution for the drying of Natural Foods’ products.

And that’s not all. As a former senior figure in Pacific aviation, Grant is also seeking an investment partner to develop a China-Samoa-Chile air route, which should be commercially attractive following the signature of the forthcoming China-Samoa Air Services Agreement. He also has a tourism apartment project in Apia for which he is seeking investment.

Mr Percival will represent the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and is looking forward to the opportunities the PT&amp;I Mission will provide to meet Chinese businesses, build new relationships and to exhibit at the famous Canton Fair in Guangzhou.

PT&amp;I has a booth at the Canton Fair for the first time, at the end of the upcoming Southern China Mission, 31 October – 4 November, and will feature a range of products from Samoa and Vanuatu.

You can follow the progress of the Southern China trade mission on the twitterfeed of PT&amp;I Trade Commissioner to China, David Morris: @dm_aus

For more information on the Southern China Trade Mission please contact PT&amp;I Trade Manager in China Yolanda Jiang on <a href="mailto:yolanda.jiang@pacifictradeinvest.org.cn">yolanda.jiang@pacifictradeinvest.org.cn</a>