Virtual Reality – Trade Missions in a COVID world

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PTI NZ value our collaboration partners and the connectedness they help us achieve with the Blue Pacific. This is particularly true as we all try to navigate a world where ZOOM meetings are a reality.

This month we collaborated with the New Zealand Pacific Business Council – Ngā Tai a Kiwa to deliver a Virtual Trade Mission to the Solomon Islands.

The virtual trade mission sought to replicate a full trade mission experience. The two-day event delivered a high calibre speaker line up including the NZ High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Georgina Roberts. Other speakers were from pertinent industries such as major banking institutions, port, and infrastructure authorities.

Topics included talking about the importance of having someone with local knowledge when doing business in the Solomon Islands.

Discussions showed a desire to create an optimal partnership mind-set as a pathway to great trade in the future. The Solomon Island’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) highlighted that, “we need a partnership approach to investment.”

The virtual trade mission received highly positive feedback. The NZ Pacific Business Council commented that it was the first step in building a strong and lasting relationship with SICCI and the Solomon Islands business community to work towards our goal of increasing bi-lateral trade.

For a full breakdown of the two-day speakers and notes click here.

Cover image: MFAT

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