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Pasifika Business Market adds new dimension to Aucklandís Pasifika Festival
11:00 pm GMT+12, 18/03/2018, New Zealand

 Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand’s new Pasifika Business Market adds a new dimension to Auckland’s Pasifika Festival from 24-25 March at Western Springs this weekend.
 
PTI New Zealand is launching its first stand-alone pan-Pasifika Business Market place after working closely with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.  With more than 35 small to medium businesses coming directly from 12 Pacific Island countries adding an extra spark to the Pasifika Festival’s Village layout.
 
The new Pasifika Business Market is beside Pasifika’s biggest Samoa Village in front of Western Springs Stadium.   
 
The businesses are coming from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia’s Tahiti, Republic of Marshall Islands, Palau. Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
 
It’s a showcase of how the Pacific businesses are growing and stepping up into the international market place.  From stalls to stores.  Their products are proudly ‘Made in the Pacific’.  All unique.  Locally handmade.  Authentic.  Culture mixed with entrepreneurship.   No “Made Anywhere else’ labels.  From high end skin-care to in-demand handicrafts, beach and streetwear.   
 
From Palau, Green Banana Paper from Federated States of Micronesia, the distinctive handicrafts of the Marshall Islands, high-end skin care ranges such as Nama of Fiji, Te Tika of the Cook Islands, Oshin Organics from PNG and Kuki (Samoa) to beautiful handicrafts of Marshall Islands, hand carved bowls from Solomon Islands and Bilum Bags from PNG, Coffee and Kava from Vanuatu.   
 
Closer to home, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands and for the first time from French Polynesia’s street and beach wear.
 
The Pasifika Business Market has been three years in the making for PTI NZ.  Last year they helped 24 businesses to attend Pasifika, but they were in their respective villages meanwhile PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu were hosted in Tonga’s Village.
 
The new Pasifika Business Market sparks new life into the Pasifika Festival, one of New Zealand’s largest cultural festivals.  For the businesses, it reflects a similar journey made by many Pacific peoples seeking opportunities in a new land.  Expanding their exports, beyond the reef.  To Aotearoa, New Zealand.   
 
Journeying to the Pasifika Business Market is not taken lightly. For some it’s a long trip to test their products, consumer appeal and product labelling and packaging.   
 
It’s all part of PTI NZ’s Path to Market programme helping Pacific Island businesses understand more about exporting into the New Zealand market in a structured process.
 
PTI NZ works with its in-country partners such as The Chambers of Commerce or Investment Promotions Agencies to host PTI NZ’s Path to Market in-country workshops.  From there, businesses could be selected for Auckland’s Pasifika Festival and the prospect of exporting to New Zealand.  After the festival they do a Gap Analysis, attend site visits and do one on one meetings with buyers.
 
But they can also pin their country locations on the map for many Kiwis and tourists unfamiliar with the wider Pacific...PACNEWS   

PNG - PNG MADE PRODUCTS: THE NATIOMAL    PACNEWS BIZ: Mon 19 Mar 2018

Abel: We must support PNG-made products

PORT MORESB Y, 19 MARCH 2018 (THE NATIONAL) --- Papua New Guinea deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel has urged citizens to support PNG-made food products.
 
Abel, however, admitted the country could not do way entirely with imports.
 
Speaking in Port Moresby, he said the Government wanted to build self-reliance and support local industries where possible.
 
He said the Government wanted to build an economy with tradeable commodities and encouraged people to support PNG-made products.
 
“The intention of the Government is to build self-reliance, move to a process of producing our own products needed by our own population,” he said.
 
“That starts with food.
 
“We know that we continue to import too much of our basic requirements.
 
“Food is one aspect but there are many other elements of the economy that we import: Things like fuel.
 
“Where we have elements for production within the country, we need to encourage and build those aspects of the economy.
 
“That is why discussions are around rice production, which is a separate discussion that is progressing quite well.
 
“We are still importing a lot of canned products.
 
“We have to build up local production.”
 
Manufacturer’s Council of PNG chief executive officer Chey Scovell commended the Government for the tariff reforms. Scovell said there were no increases in prices of locally-produced goods as claimed by a minority.
 
“We heard a number of false claims of price escalation because of tariffs,” he said.
 
“There have been no increases in prices of locally-made goods.
 
“We had a lot of noise on water and canned beverages.
 
“The reality is in Australia you pay more than A$2 (K5) for a can of soft drink.
 
“In China, you are paying more than US$1.50 (K4.80) for a can.
 
“Even if we are going to go back and pay K3 for can, on global standards we are one of the cheapest (places) to buy a can of soft drink.
 
“Importers bringing in soft drinks for less than K5 a carton cheat the Government out of revenue.
 
“They are making super profits and killing the industry and all the tariffs that are being set.
 
“The Government has to be commended for, for the first time, introducing the tariff reform.”.


SOURCE: PIT/PACNEWS


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