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New Caledonia Land of Opportunities w French Touch

18 February 2008

NEW CALEDONIA “A land of opportunities with a French touch”

New Caledonian companies are snapping up the opportunity to meet New Zealand buyers and potential partners during the 2008 PACIFIC TRADE EXPO.

New Zealand’s closest neighbour (1,800 km north of Auckland) is a French tropical paradise and, indeed, a first-world economy (with a US$ 29,500 GDP per capita, compared to New Zealand’s US$ 25,000). At the PACIFIC TRADE EXPO, New Caledonia companies will promote boutique food products, proven French expertise in renewable energy, services and investment opportunities.

A delegation of more than 15 persons will represent major sectors of our economy.

Confirmed attendees include:
- Mrs Annie BEUSTES (Minister of Economic Affairs, New Caledonia government)
- Mr Alain DESCOMBELS (member of the South Province Congress, in charge of economic development)
- 2 members of the Chamber of Commerce of New Caledonia
- M. Philippe GERMAIN, President of the FINC (New Caledonian Manufacturers association), with a group of company managers
- Representatives of the South Province Tourism organisation
- Representatives of the AIRCALEDONIE INTERNATIONAL company
- A representative of ADECAL (New Caledonian organisation promoting foreign direct investments and export-bound trade)
- Mr Denis ETOURNAUD (General Manager of BLUESCOPE STEEL NC a branch company of the BLUESCOPE STEEL group and President of the Pacific Association of Foreign Trade Advisers)
- Mr Alexander ABBASS, manager of TENESOL company (subsidiary of French groups TOTAL and EDF) and specialized in renewable energy systems

The New Caledonia delegation will not only exhibit products, services and investment opportunities during the expo, but also meet officials and company managers during visits of industrial and agricultural sites around Auckland.

The delegation’s goal is to evaluate business opportunities through commercial agreements, know-how exchanges, joint ventures, while keeping in mind that New Zealand and New Caledonia currently share similar environmental constraints and strategic targets in the Pacific area.


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