Aqua-culturalists, apparel and garment manufacturers, consultants, graphic designers, agricultural workers, retailers, and pearl farmers were among the participants of the recent Path to Market and Investment Profiling Workshop, in the Cook Islands.
Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand facilitated the October 9 workshop, in coordination with the Business Trade and Investment Board.
Acting Trade and Investment Commissioner for PTI Manuel Valdez says these types of workshops provide a good opportunity to upskill small businesses in the Cook Islands.
“It will help them to prepare a good investment profile to attract foreign investors for business expansion,” Manuel adds.
During the workshop, EIF International Ltd’s Gautam Kishor shared the ins and outs of shipping export commodities from the Cook Islands to New Zealand, as well as other international markets.
Gautam generously offered EIF services to participants, of storing export goods for one year without any extra charges which the participants were delighted to hear.
Participants were also taught how to fill out export documentation and different types of pricing strategy for their export products correctly, which was a highlight of the workshop for many.
During the workshop, participants also voiced how they believe the Cook Islands Government should draft a good Export Strategy to help bring the export commodities to the international market, while providing necessary support to small businesses.
Feedback about the workshop from participants has been positive, boosting their confidence in their business capabilities.
The contact for Trade and Marketing of the Business Trade and Investment Board Mono Taio says PTI New Zealand is always available to help their business clients in looking for buyers and importers in the New Zealand market.
Email PTI Trade Development Officer Ian Furlong – at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.