COVID-19 and the Pacific

(Picture caption: Unfortunately the Pacific has not escaped COVID-19.)  As the COVID-19 pandemic ramps up around the world, the Pacific is already feeling its effects at both a social and economic level. Pacific Trade Invest Chief Investment Officer Manuel Valdez says economically, the Pacific will be hit hardest in the tourism, investment and export sectors….

Rare beachfront find

(Picture caption: The sale of Beach Vibe is capturing attention on Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand’s Pacific Hub.) The absolute beachfront property Beach Vibe, listed on Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand’s Pacific Hub website, is a rare find in the Cook Islands. Situated on the sands of one of Rarotonga’s most beautiful beaches at Vaimaanga,…

The economy and environment share the spotlight

(Picture caption: The International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer in Japan.) The spotlight was shone on the environment and how it relates to businesses in the Pacific at a recent workshop in Japan. A Workshop and Seminar for Environmental Business Potential in Pacific Island Countries was hosted by the International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer…

Pacific organisations sign Memorandum of Cooperation

(Picture caption: Pacific Tourism Organisaton Director Christina Leala-Gale and  Pacific Islands Centre Director Roy Saito sign a Memorandum of Cooperation.)  Suva has set the scene for the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the Tokyo-based Pacific Islands Centre (PIC), and Pacific Tourism Organisation (PTO), located in Fiji’s capital city. In late February, Director…

Pacific Island waste issues explored

Waste disposal issues throughout the Pacific, and potential solutions to these problems, were the focus of a public lecture at Meiji University in Tokyo. Staged at the Surugadai Campus on December 7, the Fall Semester lecture – Pacific Islands’ Waste Problems and the role of Japan – was hosted by Meiji University and Pacific Islands…

Solomon Islands in Japan’s sights

Consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands, the Solomon Islands is a hidden treasure full of opportunities in areas such as mining, agriculture, tourism, fisheries and renewable energy. The collection of Melanesian islands and what it has to offer Japan and beyond, was under the spotlight at the Solomon Islands Seminar on…

Opportunities abound at Pacific Heads of Mission Breakfast

Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand staff connected with acquaintances, both old and new, at the Pacific Heads of Mission Breakfast, in Auckland. Staged at the Maritime Room, Princes Wharf, on November 22, the breakfast event was attended by the Pacific Heads of Mission, key government officials, businessmen, selected university and college students, and representatives from…

Smoothing the way for PIC exporters

Developed by the United Kingdom Government, the UK Trade Tariff Database is a tool which can smooth the way for ongoing trade between international suppliers and the UK while keeping both exporters and importers informed. Pacific Trade Invest Europe says the free tool has relevance for Pacific Island Country exporters to the UK. Trade Promotions…

Samoa’s new business hub

Change is in the air at the Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) – including its name. Renamed the Samoa Business Hub (SBH), it was officially recognised and celebrated at a launch party on November 14, attended clients and VIPs. This name change is a result of restructuring at the organisation, which will see it expand…

Samoa Export Performance 2019

Samoa is experiencing a comparatively buoyant economy currently, fuelled by a strong focus and much activity around exports. Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand has had a helping hand in this, after hosting its Path to Market and Investment Profiling Workshops, as well as trade missions to Upolu. At the workshops, the PTI team provide…

Asia market creating new opportunities for the Pacific

Asian markets are demanding environmentally friendly technology and high-quality value products, creating opportunities for Pacific exporters. Kawawaka Pacific Partnerships Chairman Tate Hui and Chairman of One Belt, One Road NZ Ltd John Hong were part of the recent Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand Path to Market and Investment profiling workshops in Fiji during November. The…

Fiji sets stage for Trade and Investment Workshops

Fiji’s bustling centres of Nadi and Suva set the backdrop for Path to Market and Investment Profiling Workshops, conducted by Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand. Over the past few months, PTI staff have been travelling throughout the Pacific to host workshops which discuss the ins and outs of running a business in the region….