Busy months ahead for NZ-Samoa, NZ-Fiji Business Councils

It will be a busy month for the Samoa Business Network who are planning a private sector business trip to Samoa from 14-15 November. The Samoa Business Network will host its first official business trip to Samoa with a delegation of 10 potential investors from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Fiji/NZ and American Samoa.

It will also mark the first official business delegation back to Samoa led by the new Samoa (NZ) Trade Commissioner le afioga Magele Mauiliu Magele.  Magele took up the appointment earlier this year after his predecessor Fonoti Dr Lafitai Fuatai finished his term.

This business visit aims to foster connections for the small to medium enterprises and open opportunities in Samoa.  As with many similar business visits and trade missions, the key attraction lies in gaining access to other private sector contacts, business to business meetings and connection to government officials and stakeholders.

A majority of the delegation are Samoans living overseas from New Zealand, Australia and the USA.  The return-to-roots aspect of the mission underlines the diaspora of Samoans living outside of Samoa who have successfully established businesses and are encouraged through the SBN to give back to their home country.

The 10 delegates include people such as ex-Warriors Rugby League player turned Professional Speaker and Coach now living in Australia, Sione Faumuina. John Patu of Moana Media USA and Christa Satele of Pacific Independent Distributors from American Samoa. There are also two Australian companies, one from New Zealand and one Fiji/NZ company.

Applications were still open on 31 October to capture any last-minute deciders.

NZ Samoa Trade and Investment Commission (NZSTIC) will hold its Annual General Meeting on 21 November.

Fiji Trade & Investment Roadshow in New Zealand, 2-8 May 2018

The New Zealand Fiji Business Council (NZFBC) are gearing up for the Fiji Trade & Investment Roadshow in May 2019.

The roadshow is hosted by the Fiji Consulate General & Trade Commission for Australian and New Zealand, in partnership with NZFBC.

Visiting the four main centres; Hamilton – Thursday 2 May, Auckland Friday 3 May, Wellington – Tuesday 7 May finishing in Christchurch on Wednesday 8 May 2019.

For many New Zealanders, Fiji is a delightful holiday destination.  But across the Pacific, Fiji is one of the big powerhouses for exports. In 2017.

The roadshow invites New Zealand businesses and entrepreneurs to invest or do business in Fiji.

Fiji’s main exports are sugar, garments, gold, timber, fish, molasses, mineral water and coconut oil.  However other domestic exports that have risen in the past 5 years includes, ginger, flour, taro and sweet biscuits.  Their biggest export markets are the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Japan as well as other Pacific Islands.

Fiji exported more than $50 million to New Zealand in 2017 but imported over $400 million from New Zealand in a major trade imbalance that can only be shifted with major initiatives and trade deals beginnings that come from the initial contacts made at events such as the Road Shows.

For more information contact, Ian Furlong, PTI Trade Development Manager on ian.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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