Wednesday, 13 March 2013 9:36 AM

Pacific Trade Office Ready to Assist

The Pacific Islands Trade and Investment (PITI) office in Auckland, New Zealand, is ready to assist Solomon Islands Government and the private sector tap into New Zealand’s trade and export market.

Trade Commissioner of the Pacific Islands Trade and Investment, Mr Adam Denniss made the assurance when welcoming Solomon Islands Foreign Minister, Hon Clay Forau Soalaoi and his delegation to the PITI office last Friday.

Minister Forau and his delegation visited the PITI office to see the kind of activities and work it does and how the office could assist Solomon Islands Government and the private sector gain access to the New Zealand market.

Mr Denniss told Minister Forau that PITI is under the auspices of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and serves all the member countries of the Forum, including Solomon Islands.

He encourages Solomon Islands to take advantage of the office and its range of activities, including attachments, marketing, research and information on the New Zealand market.

Foreign Minister Forau thanked the Trade Commissioner saying Solomon Islands looks forward to working closely with the PITI office to assist the Solomon Islands Government and the private sector wishing to gain access and information into the New Zealand market.

“Such an office is important in assisting Pacific Island countries, including Solomon Islands, to have at their disposal, accurate and reliable information and data as well as statistics on the New Zealand market, which may be useful for their work,” Mr Forau said.

Mr Forau encourages Solomon Islands businesses and officials to take advantage of the Auckland Trade office for their business and trade enquiries.

The Auckland office is under the auspices of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat which also has an office in Sydney, Australia.

Minister Forau and his Deputy Secretary, Mr Bernard Bata'anisia was in Auckland last week where he also addressed the New Zealand Pacific Business Council.

Minister Forau and his delegation returns to the country later in the week, after two weeks of official visit to New Zealand meeting with Government Leaders and senior officials in Queenstown, Nelson, Wellington and Auckland.

 

Source: Press Release, Government Communications Unit

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