Tokyo based Pacific Islands Centre is a part of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat’s global trade offices network that also includes Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) offices in New Zealand, Australia, China and Europe. Pacific Islands Centre (PIC) has filed this report about visitors from the islands and their engagements with the Tokyo team:
Telecom Niue Director discusses Niue-Japan trade
Avi Rubin, Director Telecom Niue Ltd., and Board Member of the Pacific Island Tuna Industry Association visited PIC on March 29. He had an active exchange of views about stimulating trade between Japan and Niue and helping boost tourism demand from Japan to Niue.
As Niue is a very small country with population of 2000, its tiny market presents unique challenges. However, Niue has an open market climate that encourages new comers in the field of tourism, fisheries and aquiculture, which is an advantage to the small country.
The annual tourist numbers are still small, however, the visitor numbers are steadily increasing. Interestingly, the number of Japanese tourists is the third largest after New Zealand and Australia.
Mr.Rubin said it would be good to continue with efforts to publicise Niue in Japan, while trying to create good opportunities for economic growth through trade, investment and tourism.
Mr. Saito, Director of PIC, responded that he totally agreed with him and was pleased to collaborate.
Young Micronesian leaders call on PIC
Three young female female youth leaders from Micronesia countries visited PIC on April 11 and had a lively exchange of views. They are visiting Japan as a part of “Youth Leader Invitation Program” organised by The Association for Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC).
The three women were Joleen Ngoriakl from Repuglic of Palau, Milañ Loeak from Republic of the Marshall Islands and Teresita Laarwon from Federated States of Micronesia.
During their stay in Japan, they have learned about human resource development for the younger generation, gender matters and solution to environmental challenges, while experiencing Japanese culture.
They showed high interest in PIC, which supports sustainable economic development of Pacific Island Countries. They tried to get the picture of PIC’s ongoing efforts and engagements for Pacific Island Countries.
They expressed their views over the crucial issues that PIC and the three countries could work closely in the future. PIC explained the importance of exchanges through the tourism industry, with continuous focus on trade and investment invitations.
They said as much as business, it was also important to focus on human interaction as it could lead to more opportunities and possibilities through mutual understanding.