Opportunities abound at Pacific Heads of Mission Breakfast

L-R Ian Furlong, Caroline Bilkey, Manuel Valdez at the Pacific Mission Breakfast

L-R Ian Furlong, Caroline Bilkey, Manuel Valdez at the Pacific Heads of Mission Breakfast.

Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand staff connected with acquaintances, both old and new, at the Pacific Heads of Mission Breakfast, in Auckland.

Staged at the Maritime Room, Princes Wharf, on November 22, the breakfast event was attended by the Pacific Heads of Mission, key government officials, businessmen, selected university and college students, and representatives from non-governmental organisations and civil societies.

The visiting Pacific Heads of Mission took the opportunity to speak about the current situation in the region and to raise awareness around relevant issues concerning the economic and socio-cultural aspects.

For attendees, the breakfast event has always presented ideal opportunities to see and meet New Zealand High Commissioners based in the Pacific and to learn about developments in trade and investment in their respective countries.

Chief Investment Officer for PTI NZ Manuel Valdez was pleased to reconnect with Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) Auckland office Caroline Bilkey, having initially met her when she was the High Commissioner to Samoa.

Back in 2007, PTI NZ conducted its first ever Return to Roots Mission to Samoa, and Caroline sponsored an After Five event to meet-and-greet the PTI NZ delegates, stemming from different business backgrounds and who were looking for business opportunities in Samoa.

A highlight of the breakfast for Manuel, was listening to HE High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr discuss trade and investment opportunities in the Pacific nation.

“It was timely because PTI Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong and I flew to Fiji following the breakfast, to host the Path to Market and Investment Profiling Workshops in Nadi and Suva to discuss trade and investment with business owners and entrepreneurs there,” Manuel says.

Contact Chief Investment Officer Manuel Valdez – manuel.v@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz for more information.



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