PNG businesses hopeful they can survive pandemic

Despite a bleak outlook in Papua New Guinea presently, there is some optimism businesses will bounce back and overcome the challenges and impacts from Covid-19. These are the views of participants in the recent Pacific Trade Invest PNG-focused Pacific Business Monitor Survey (two) available HERE, which are also shared by Rio Fiocco. Based in Port…

PNG seafood market access to China

Papua New Guinea (PNG) will now be able to access China’s lucrative seafood market. This move follows the completion of market access protocols and processes carried out by the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) and the General Administration Customs of China (GACC) last month. The protocols now allow the registration of 77 exporters and facilities (including…

Tahitian ingredients key to improving the health of the Pacific

For close to three decades, Tahiti-based cosmetic factory Laboratoire de Cosmétologie du Pacifique Sud (LCPS) has utilised the luxurious vegetal extracts available on the French Polynesian paradise in their range of products. Vegetal extracts such as Monoi de Tahiti, Tamanu oil and its derivatives, provide moisturising and water retention properties, identical to the functions of the…

Boutique business dedicated to strategy and innovation

Freshfish Studio is all about purpose, and there has never been any doubt about what Founder and Director Raul Sarrot wants to achieve with his boutique design business. A Designer, Strategist and Coach specialising in helping transform organisations and brands to align and connect with their internal and external audiences, Raul’s vision of owning a…

Wilex investment means supporting peoples’ livelihoods

(Picture caption: Wilex Group Founder and Managing Director Tagaloa Eddie Wilson says investing in a business like his means investing directly into enhancing the livelihoods of farmers and communities in Samoa and the Pacific.)  Home to some of the world’s superfoods and boasting an abundance of agriculturally rich land, investing in Samoa means so much…

Getting it right the first time

(Picture caption: GS1 Customer/Member Engagement Manager Caroline James.)  Equipping businesses with the correct tools and information to find solutions to issues is what GS1 Customer/Member Engagement Manager Caroline James does best. Caroline has done just that for the 15 Fiji-based participants who joined the online Path to Market Business Capability Building Workshop facilitated by Pacific…

PTI NZ Business Mentoring Programme

(Picture caption: The objective of the PTI NZ Business Mentoring Programme is to fast-track selected businesses into the export market to New Zealand.)  Mentoring is the transfer of knowledge from one person who has knowledge, experience and confidence to another person who may benefit from it. It can be invaluable and lead to growth, expansion,…

Deal by Design

(Picture caption: Kata Fiji Bongo Chilli Sauce supports Fijian farmers.)  Hot enough to pack a punch but not overpower your food, Kata Fiji Bongo Chilli Sauce is made from fresh, ethically sourced, and locally grown Bongo chillies. It is the hot sauce which supports Fijian farmers, Kata Fiji owner Scott Wade says. “Fiji Bongo Chillies…

COVID-19 impact on the Pacific survey  

(Picture caption: Contact Trade Development Officer at PTI NZ Riley Birtwistle Riley.B@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz to register for the survey.)  As the COVID-19 situation changes, so will we. To gain a better understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 on Pacific businesses, the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) network of offices in Australia, China, Europe and New Zealand collaborated on…

Path to Market workshops move online

(Picture caption: PTI NZ is facilitating its first online Path to Market workshop for 2020, this month.)  COVID-19 has forced so many of us to reconsider how we work and function – including the team at Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand. Keen to continue the successful Path to Market workshops which rolled out throughout…

An essential cup of Tanna Coffee

(Picture caption: Tanna Coffee farmers are paid on a per kilo basis, depending on the quality of the beans.)  An audible sigh of relief resounded when Tanna Coffee was deemed an essential service during the recent alert level four lockdown in New Zealand, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting the tick of approval from the…

Collectively battling adversity in Vanuatu

(Picture caption: Tanna Coffee, Vanuatu Craft and South Pacific Botanicals have joined forces to begin production of a basic range of World Health Organization (WHO) recommended hand-wash sanitisers.)  The global crisis due to COVID-19 has a significant impact on small countries like Vanuatu. With approximately 40 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) coming from the…