Pacific Trade Invest’s vital role as a facilitator  

left to Right - Tate Xu, Carey Winterflood, Manuel Valdez, John Hong, Ian Furlong, Paul Allsworth

L-R: Tate Xu, Carey Winterflood, Manuel Valdez, John Hong, Ian Furlong, Paul Allsworth at a recent meeting in the Cook Islands.

As the economic development agency of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand’s role is to engage in trade and investment promotion in Pacific Island Forum countries.

Facilitation and networking to achieve trade and investment promotion is a large part of the organisation’s work, which it does effectively and efficiently.

While in the Cook Islands recently, PTI senior staff facilitated the meeting between New Zealand-based Chinese company Kawawaka Pacific Partnerships and local entrepreneurs.

At the meeting, Kawawaka Managing Director Tate Xu spoke about the type of businesses his company is looking at partnering in the Cook Islands.

Meanwhile, Managing Director of Cook Islands RealEstate Ltd Carey Winterflood presented property opportunities in Rarotonga.

Director of the Business Trade and Investment Board (BTIB) Paul Allsworth informed the Chinese investors about products which can be exported to China and other Asian countries and others which can be developed in Rarotonga and sold to the international market.

Trade Development Manager for PTI Ian Furlong says the meeting has been productive, and it is positive that local entrepreneurs were able to share about selected products which can be marketed to China and other Asian countries.

Both Ian and PTI’s Trade and Invest’s Acting Trade and Investment Commissioner Manuel Valdez are hopeful this meeting can pave the way for solid trade and investment opportunities between these two groups.

For more information, contact PTI Acting Trade and Investment Commissioner Manuel Valdez – manuel.v@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz.

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