Pasifika 2017 – Meet the Solomon Islands team

Welcome to the second special edition of Pacific Periscope – Pasifika 2017.

Twenty-eight companies from eight countries across the Pacific will form the largest ever delegation of small businesses to showcase their wares at Auckland’s annual Pasifika Festival, which will be held on March 25 and 26.

This week, PT&I has started profiling each of the eight country delegations in Pacific Periscope and across our social media pages. In this edition, we feature the Solomon Islands.

The businesses are from countries far and wide across the Pacific: from the Republic of Marshall Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. Everything from kava to ukuleles and taro cookies to exotic Bilum wear will be on show at the festival, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

The companies’ participation at Pasifika is under the PT&I Pacific Path to Market programme, an export capability building programme that combines the range of export facilitation services and expertise provided by PT&I to help export-ready and export-capable businesses from Pacific Island Forum countries to export to New Zealand. The programme is an extended business model that covers a series of methodical steps that are delivered in partnership by PT&I and an Economic Development Agency in each country.

Representatives of the Economic Development Agencies of each participating country will accompany their respective delegations throughout the Pasifika Festival.

Today, we feature four companies from the Solomon Islands that will be participating, led by the country’s lead export promotion agency, the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce.

The Solomon Islands Four

Four companies from Solomon Islands will be participating at this year’s Pasifika. Representatives from these companies are participants in the Pacific Trade & Invest (PT&I) Pacific Path to Market Programme and most have attended in-country workshops that were held in the country in 2016.

Pacific Path to Market workshops are held in conjunction with the country’s economic development agency. In the Solomon Islands case, PT&I worked with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce to host the workshops. The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce will lead the Solomon Islands delegation at the Pasifika Festival.

Welcoming the four Solomon Islands companies and the lead agency the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce, PT&I Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade said,

“Halo Olaketa!  Warm Pacific Greetings to our Melanesia friends from Solomons. We are really pleased to further develop the strong links with Solomon Islands which started with our good friend Rex Horoi a decade ago which culminated in the excellent intern Angelina B who is back in the Solomons working for the Solomon Islands Government to assist her country grow.  We are delighted to have a strong delegation here from the Solomons and the Pacific Trade & Invest team in Auckland will be working hard to ensure they achieve maximum value from their visit to New Zealand and their participation in the Path to Market Programme.

Ian Furlong, PT&I Trade Development Manager, who was in the Solomon Island as part of the workshop stage of the Pacific Path to Market programme said, “Having first met at the Pacific Path to Market seminar in Honiara last November, it will be great to see the people again at the Pasifika Festival where I can offer expertise in assisting these companies to enter the New Zealand market.”

The Solomon Islands four companies are:

Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands that works with small holder groups to produce premium grade coconut oil and coconut products; Cathliro Commodities Development Limited exporters of cocoa beans produced by farmers in the rural parts of Isabel,  Arania Enterprises Limited from Malaita, bulk dried cocoa bean exporters to Asia and Europe and the Labuhila Coffee Farmers Association from the Guadalcanal Plains region representing 90 family owned coffee farms.

For more information please contact, Ian Furlong, PT&I (NZ) Trade Development Manager at ian.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

 

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