Left to right Manuel Valdez, Hannah van Voorthuysen, Ian Furlong

L_R: PTI Acting Trade and Investment Commissioner Manuel Valdez, NZ Deputy High Commissioner Hannah van Voorthuysen, and PTI Trade Investment Manager Ian Furlong met recently in Honiara to discuss PTI’s flagship programmes. 

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand’s two flagship programmes were promoted during the organisation’s recent visit to Honiara.

While in the Solomon Islands capital for the Business Capability Building Workshop, PTI Acting Trade and Investment Commissioner Manuel Valdez, and Ian Furlong, PTI’s Trade Development Manager, met with New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner Hannah van Voorthuysen.

“We had the invaluable opportunity to brief the Deputy High Commissioner about our workshop and how small business owners, exporters and investors all can benefit from this type of training,” Ian explains.

“We provided Hannah with insights and how our programmes work.”

The recent workshop, which is part of PTI’s Pacific Path to Market programme, is the fourth one PTI has staged in Honiara, Ian continues.

“The workshop is a six-step approach to ‘shepherd or handhold’ the exporters to successfully export their products to New Zealand and other countries; and it is also the first step of capability building.”

At this point, PTI and host partner Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) screen the participants who they believe are export-ready, to move into the second stage, to participate in various trade shows in Auckland.

While in Auckland, participants attend a refresher seminar focused on what they have learned at the workshop in their home country.

Participants can showcase their products at the likes of Pasifika Festival, or other trade shows; and network with buyers, distributors, retailers and wholesalers.

Their products are also tested in the market in terms of prices, packaging, quality, and their value proposition.

Manuel says the Pacific Hub was also a talking point during PTI’s visit with the Deputy High Commissioner.

An online investment facility, the Pacific Hub promotes the investment projects of the 16 Pacific Island countries.

“Right now, there are over 200 investment projects uploaded in the Pacific Hub, and it promotes several investment projects such as tourism projects, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, clothing and garments, organic products, and aquaculture,” Manuel says.

The Pacific Hub is attracting lots of interest, and already several potential investors in Asia, the Middle East, United States of America, Japan, China and Indonesia have reached out to PTI for more details.

“This is really exciting for us and it demonstrates what a helpful tool it could potentially be,” Manuel adds.

If you would like more information on PTI’s Path to Market or Pacific Hub project, email Acting Trade and Investment Commissioner Manuel Valdez manuel.v@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz.



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