(Picture caption: Interfacing with New Zealand-based distribution channels is proving useful. It has helped PTI NZ understand the appetite of New Zealand distributors of fresh and processed goods from the PICs to the types of changes that are likely to occur in the supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
As we enter the second week of being at alert level three, Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand (PTI NZ) is focused on finding ways to operate safely and effectively, while committing to help stamp out COVID-19 in New Zealand.
To date, PTI NZ has changed its office operating procedures to accommodate mandated social measures by the New Zealand Government.
The Government’s work from home protocols have been enforced and has seen all staff working from home.
This protocol will be reviewed once the Government announces its plan going forward on May 11.
The team at PTI NZ continue to contact our clients and stakeholders in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) to find out how they are faring under COVID-19 restrictions.
This helps us learn first-hand the impact on their business in the short to medium turn.
Through this exercise we can configure how best to help them.
With restrictions around international travel, our abilities to attract Pacific Island exporters and producers to the New Zealand trade shows will be difficult.
Almost all the companies in the Pacific have been affected by COVID-19 and will be challenged to bounce back into trade promotion events without first working through business recovery.
Similarly, travel restrictions mean using digital platforms to replace in-country, face to face meetings and workshops.
Connectivity in the PICs is likely to be a challenge but we are committed to working with SMEs to strengthen their export capabilities.
Interfacing with New Zealand-based distribution channels is proving useful.
It has helped us to understand the appetite of New Zealand distributors of fresh and processed goods from the PICs to the types of changes that are likely to occur in the supply chain.
We hope you and your families are safe. For more information about COVID-19 in New Zealand, visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
PTI NZ Acting Trade Commissioner Glynis Miller.