Merry Xmas to you and I hope you have a relaxing break during the festive season. 2018 has been a very successful year for our PTI NZ Trade Development team with several “firsts” being achieved.

We are pleased to have engaged with a record number of Pacific businesses through our Path to Market Export Capability Building Workshop Programme this year, which we ran in a record 15 locations across 13 Pacific countries namely French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, PNG, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Marshall Islands.

Our Pasifika Trade Mission in March saw the highest ever number of Pacific Businesses visit NZ for the 6-day mission. 38 Pacific companies participated from 11 countries during which time they were able to test market their products and meet buyers who could assist them to launch their products on to the New Zealand market.

The companies involved represented a wide range of products which included honey, coffee, chocolates, spices, coconut oil, cosmetics, kava, fresh produce, handicrafts and clothing amongst others and we are already planning on running another such trade mission in 2019.

So after a busy successful year I want to extend my best wishes to all of you who I have met and worked with in the Pacific  including those who attended our Path to Market workshops, our Economic Development Agency partners who organise things for us so well in each country and the many other people that I have had the pleasure of working with this year.

Once again, Merry Xmas to you all.

Ian Furlong

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