Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand Chief Investment Officer Manuel Valdez has had successful visits to three Asian countries late in 2018. 

PTI NZ Chief Investment Officer Manuel Valdez with officials in China.

Mr Valdez went to the Philippines to meet with the Director General of Asian Development Bank’s Pacific Department, Carmela Locsin, about the potential for projects in the Pacific Islands.

PTI NZ Trade & Investment Commissioner Michael Greenslade and Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong also were at the meeting at the ADB Regional Office in Ortigas, Pasig City. Mr Greenslade gave a brief presentation to Director General Carmela about PTI NZ’s significant role in promoting trade and investment in the Pacific countries and at the same time, Ms. Carmela mentioned their existing and future projects in the Pacific Islands.

Mr Furlong detailed PTI NZ’s signature export capability programme, Path to Market, to Ms Carmela while Mr Valdez explained the workings of the Pacific Hub a web-based resource to promote inward investment to into Pacific Island countries.

The PTI NZ Senior Management Team also made a courtesy call to the Office of American Data Exchange (AMDATEX) Corporation to know about their interesting projects with ADB on the Asia Leadership Program. The objective of the Leadership Program is to produce a critical mass of leaders who will harness the rich experiences of Asia and the Pacific and integrate innovative solutions in sustainable development and climate change into policies and national development programs.

Mr Valdez also visited Ken Pan, President of the Trade and Industry Association of Singapore (TIAS).  He followed-up on the investment and business proposals from Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Fiji that PTI NZ had submitted to Mr. Guo, Councillor of Anhui Conference in China through Mr. Pan.

Both of them also discussed another round of Pacific Islands Economic and Investment Forum which will include Pacific Islands in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa and Solomon Islands. The two offices will further discuss the details of the Economic Forum.

On the last leg of the international investment visit, Mr. Valdez was invited to attend China’s Belt Road Local Cooperation (BRLC) General Assembly on 2-5 December 2018 as part of the New Zealand delegation. Several member-countries of the BRLC participated. The Conference was a good opportunity to touch base with the participants of BRLC member-countries which are Finland, Ireland, Australia, Nepal, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, USA, Germany, China, and New Zealand.

About 100 participants attended the Conference. The main topic of the Conference was ‘Artificial Intelligence Facilitates Urban Governance’.  Mr Valdez took advantage of the networking activity with the participants and established a strategic alliance with selected participants who are keen to do business in the Pacific Islands.

In fact, some senior officials of BRLC are looking at helping the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Pacific Islands. They would like to discuss with PTI NZ and OBOR (One Belt One Road) Foundation on how to help improve and uplift the SMEs in the Pacific Islands.

For more information email Manuel Valdez, PTI NZ Chief Information Officer at

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