Five Solomon Islands companies at PTI NZ’s Auckland trade show

Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) through its Export Industry Development Department is leading a delegation of six companies at Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand’s Path to the Pacific Trade Show at The Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront on Saturday 6 April 2019. Export Industry Development Officer John Paul Alasia will lead the Solomon Islands Path to Market delegation. He is excited with the opportunity to showcase and promote Solomon Islands products in the New Zealand market. Mr Alasia was part of a Path to Market delegation at the 2018 Pasifika festival in Auckland.

“All the five companies are new to the New Zealand market and this opportunity provides a platform to test, and market their products as well as build networks. Solomon Islands is very privileged to be part of this event going forward because as a small export base economy, finding the right market for our emerging products is very important and this event provides that space,” Mr Alasia said.

The five companies representing Solomon Islands at this year’s NZ Path to Market programme are selected from more than 30 small businesses who have attended SICCI-PTI NZ in-country capacity-building training in Honiara 2018.

John Paul Alasia

Solomon Islands will be represented by Chottu’s Guadalcanal Products Ltd producing Noni Juice; Bethlehem Community Handicraft; Nautilus will display a wide range of Arts & crafts from Malaita and Western provinces of Solomon‘s; Solkava will promote their finely-grounded kava sourced from the highlands of Malaita & Isabel. Technical Institute of Malaita through their Gemology Department is taking a forward step from their humble beginning in Malaita to participate in this year Pacific Trade Invest NZ show. There will be a variety of products from the precious stones of the Solomon Islands on display during the trade show.

SICCI as a private sector representative acknowledges Pacific Trade Invest (PTI NZ) for organizing the week-long event for export market-ready businesses from the Pacific including Solomon Islands to attend and test potential markets fort their products.

SICCI also would like to acknowledge Pacific Horticulture & Agricultural Market Access plus Program (PHAMA PLUS Program) and Ministry of Commerce for supporting these small businesses in their preparation and travel arrangements to NZ.

For more information email PTI Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong at ian.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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