Xmas Greetings and Thanks to you All! We ended 2018 extremely well with the final quarter delivering results, building on momentum from the early part of the year. Verified facilitated Trade Deals are over $12 Million and verified facilitated Investment Deals total over $8 Million.

Both of these are Record Results and clearly show the success of our platform for Trade “Path to Market” and our platform for Investment “Pacific Hub”.

My thanks go to the team but especially Ian Furlong and Manuel Valdez for delivering these great results reflecting a year of hard work!

We are a Results Focused team and that is about ensuring our KPIs are met in full and I am delighted to say we have achieved that again for the fourth year in a row.

Over 700 companies have gone through the Path to Market and we are tracking their progress with those companies that are contributing to our Trade Deal figures. This year we delivered 16 Workshops across 13 Countries.

Investment opportunities this year have been very good and the pipeline for next year looks very healthy, strongly supporting our Pacific Hub initiative.

New initiatives such as the BIS Survey and modifications of our Pasifika Programme due to weather risk will bring new exciting changes to our programme in 2019.

In 2018 we have focused on the 4 Ps: best Practice, Programme design, Process & Performance and have achieved, in my view, very good results.

2019 will see us focus on the 4 Ds: Delivery of enhanced systems, Digitisation of Path to Market, Detailed success stories and smart use of the Data we are collecting. The use of the Cloud makes this technology quicker, cheaper and easier to do than ever!

In Summary, this has been an excellent year with the best set of results delivered in my tenure! We are getting closer to our goal stated two years ago as being the Best Little Trade & Investment Promotion Organisation in the World!

I wish to thank John Crawford and the members of the Advisory Board, PIFS and MFAT for your support and my team in Auckland for the strong finish to 2018.

You should all be proud of this result and I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

Finally, I wish to thank our many and varied clients throughout the Pacific for your resilience, persistence and perseverance – working with you is a great privilege and makes our job the pleasure it is.

Michael Greenslade
Trade & Investment Commissioner

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