First trade mission to PNG in three years a success

Last week was PNG week for Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade and Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong. 

Delegates of the NZ-PNG Business Council trade mission in PNG last week.

PTI NZ accompanied New Zealand Papua New Guinea Business Council (NZPNG-BC) Chairman Murray McCully on the first trade mission to Port Moresby in three years.

The mission was welcomed to PNG by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade the Hon Rimbink Pato a long-term friend and who as minister had visited the Business Council in Auckland this year.

The mission visited several key private sector companies and public sector officials over three days.

The mission was invited to separate networking functions by the New Zealand High Commissioner in PNG Sue Mackwell at her residence, the President of the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce Rio Fiocco and the Chairman of the Papua New Guinea New Zealand Business Council.

“The networking functions were valuable in meeting the local business sector and many follow up meetings were initiated at these events,” Mr Greenslade said.

Participants in the mission also had briefings from ANZ Bank, the Investment Promotion Authority and the Commissioner of APEC Ivan Pomelau and Ken Waller of the PNG ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) member.

PTI NZ conducted Path to Market workshops in Port Moresby and Alotau (pictured).

Pacific Trade Invest took the opportunity to deliver two full day Path to Market Workshops — the first in Port Moresby and the second in Alotau in Milne Bay Province.

These were delivered with PTI NZ’s PNG partner the Investment Promotion Authority.

“We are grateful to Acting Managing Director Clarence Hoot for his support and that of his staff Duare and Samuel who accompanied us to Milne Bay and also to Dave and Rhona Conn for their continued support,” Mr Greenslade said.

The workshops in PNG were attended by 51 people representing SMEs across sectors including agriculture, fishing and handicrafts.

Of those 51 participants 24, about 48 per cent, were women.

In Alotau PTI NZ hosted a dinner for Dave Conn and provided gifts from the trade mission who were unable to attend.

For more information email PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong on

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