PTI Joins Trade Mission to PNG; P2M Workshops in Capital, Alotau.

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand will be part of a trade mission to Papua New Guinea next week. The 2018 mission is being led by Murray McCully, the new Chairman of the New Zealand Papua New Guinea Business Council (NZPNG-BC) and will be the first mission that the Business Council has run since 2015.

“It is exciting to be part of the NZ PNG trade mission once again,” PTI NZ Trade & Investment Commissioner Michael Greenslade.

PTI NZ has continued to visit PNG at least annually to deliver its Path to Market programme in partnership with the country’s lead economic development agency, the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA).

Next week, PTI NZ will deliver Path to Market workshops in national capital Port Moresby and in Alotau, the capital of the Milne Bay province. This is in continuation of the practice that at least one Path to Market workshop is outside the National Capital District around Port Moresby.

“Over the years we have delivered workshops in Lae, Madang and now in Alotau,” Mr Greenslade said.

The trade mission is a high-powered concentration of about a dozen businesses focused on two-way trade between PNG and New Zealand. The delegation includes Mr McCully, PNG High Commissioner in New Zealand Brigadier (Retd) Francis Agwi, PTI Advisory Board Member Peter Kiely, Business Council Member Peter Goldsmith, Pacific Cooperation Foundation Board Member Andrew Wilson, Mr Greenslade and PTI NZ Trade & Development Manager Ian Furlong besides other members of the NZPNG-BC.

This is the first time that PTI NZ will host a Path to Market workshop in Alotau in Milne Bay.

The programme will involve visits to key politicians including Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel, Finance Minister Rimbink Pato, Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko, Commerce Minister Richard Maru and Trade Minister Wera Mori, besides others.

The mission delegates will also engage with members of the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and the IPA has also organised a briefing on APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation), with PNG being the host of the APEC meet this year.

More than 30 companies have registered for the Path to Market workshops in each of the locations (Port Moresby and Alotau), Mr Greenslade told Pacific Periscope. “The Alotau private sector is made up of the tourism and seafood sectors, which is encouraging,” he added.

The New Zealand High Commission in Port Moresby is hosting a function for the whole trade mission as is the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce.

“We are once again privileged to have a briefing on the PNG economy from ANZ Bank,” Mr Greenslade said.

The delegation leaves for PNG on August 19.

For more information email PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong at ian.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

[Source: Pacific Islands Trade and Invest, newsletter 14th August 2018]

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