Tonga-Japan symposium strengthens trade relationship


Nearly a dozen businesspeople from Japan were among the 70 attendees at the Japan-Tonga Trade &amp; Investment Symposium in the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa earlier this month.<!--more-->

An initiative of Tokyo based Pacific Islands Centre (an office of the <b>Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest – PT&amp;I</b> network), the two-part symposium reviewed the current landscape of exporting such products as squash and Japanese taro (Satoimo), as well as the Japanese investment in a Tongan call centre.

The second part titled “Toward Promotion of Trade for the Future,” was about future issues as regards trade and investment and focused on the various support mechanisms that are in place including the role of agencies like JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation), JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) and PIC.

The Japanese delegation comprised businesses owners and representatives from distribution companies, construction and hotel management firms. Senior officials from JETRO’s Sydney offices were present as were several Tongan Government officials and private sector representatives.

Tongan businesspeople had one to one negotiations with the Japanese visitors. New products and investment projects were examined – including a range of agricultural products.

The visiting delegation called on Samiu Vaipulu, Acting Prime Minister (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure). The visitors also participated in site visits around Tongatapu.