Left to Right Ian Furlong, Jonathan Muliaga, Manuel Valdez

L-R PTI Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) Second Secretary Jonathan Muliaga and PTI Chief Investment Officer Manuel Valdez meet at the Auckland PTI office. 

Destined for the Kingdom of Tonga, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) Second Secretary Jonathan Muliaga visited the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand team ahead of relocating.

After a three-year stint working at the MFAT head office in Wellington, Jonathan has been assigned a three-year term at the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa.

He will join a team led by New Zealand High Commissioner in Tonga HE Tiffany Babington and the newly appointed Deputy High Commissioner Peter Lund.

Impressed by PTI’s current work throughout the Pacific and particularly in Tonga, Jonathan says he applauds the organisation’s efforts at promoting trade and investment to boost the economic development.

During Jonathan’s visit, PTI Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong shared about the Path to Market Programme, which helps develop the export market of the 16 Pacific Island Forum Countries.

Ian was flying to Samoa the following week to conduct a Path to Market and Investment Profiling Workshop in Samoa.

Meanwhile, PTI Chief Investment Officer Manuel Valdez briefed Jonathan on the Pacific Hub website, the online marketing platform to increase inward investment to the Pacific Islands.

“The Pacific Hub attracts several investors from the United States, China, Dubai, New Zealand, Australia and other Asian countries, which may potentially be of interest to Jonathan and his team,” Manuel says.

Manuel communicates regularly with the Investment Promotion Agency to send more investment bankable projects to be uploaded and promoted in the Pacific Hub.

He adds the economic development agency in the Pacific is doing a significant role in liaising with the PTI, to facilitate and promote trade and investment in their respective countries.

For more information, email PTI Chief Investment Officer – Manuel.V@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz. 



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