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Pacific Outlook December 2010

• 2010's successes and our new collaborative newsletter.
• Pacific Business Women find success at Auckland seminars
• Fiji's TCF Industry holding it's own against the world's giants.
• Strong growth evident in Tongan CBD
• Pacific Battlefield Tours
• New 'Made in PNG' publication to showcase PNG produce and manufacturing capability.

2010's successes and our new collaborative newsletter

As many of our readers would know, Pacific Islands Trade and Invest operates within four key markets, China, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Up until now we have had separate newsletters but starting with this edition we will be combining all the most relevant and interesting news from our region into the one publication - the one you're reading right now.

Our four offices are continually striving to promote and facilitate trade and investment for the benefit of Pacific Island people. We have always had great stories to share with our readers and now we look forward to consolidating them all into the one place.
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Pacific Business Women find success at Auckland seminars

It’s sometimes hard to measure the effect of an event and what impact this event has on business opportunities. But the feedback from the Strengthening Trade Opportunities for Pacific Women in Business seminars held earlier in September was all positive and very measurable. The two day seminar included presentations, a site visit to Auckland Airport quarantine and business meetings and was co-hosted by Pacific Trade & Invest Auckland and the International Trade Centre and the Pacific Islands Private Sector organisation, and supported by AusAID.

On the delegation was Amy Schuster of P&A Trading, Samoa whose visit was perfectly timed to coincide with the first commercial shipment of Taro from Samoa in more than a decade. The first trial shipment was made in June and went mainly to importers to test the market response to the taro.
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Fiji's TCF Industry holding it's own against the world's giants.

When all the other Textiles Clothing and Footware (TCF) competitors are 40 times your size or larger, how do you win? According to Kalpesh Solanki, President of the TCF Council of Fiji, the answer begins, continues and ends with one word “Service, Service and more Service”.

A TCF Council of Fiji delegation headed out to Melbourne, Australia for the International Sourcing Fair on the 17th - 19th November 2010 to emphasise this very point. Also in attendance at the show were much larger delegations from industry giants China, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and others. They were also looking to become preferred suppliers to companies servicing the Australia and New Zealand clothing industries, and provided much competition.
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Strong growth evident in Tongan CBD

Royco Amalgamated Company Limited of Tonga refurbished the old commercial building in the heart of the Nuku’alofa Central Business District (CBD) of Tonga for rentable office space.

Royco Amalgamated Company is a leading Tongan company established in 1976 as stevedoring and agricultural exports. It expanded and diversified over the next three decades to build up a portfolio of commercial office space, construction and the leading supplier of ready-mix concrete.
PT&I assisted the Royco Amalgamated company to come up with a business plan which is a requirement to avail of the Fund from the Chinese credit institution managed and supervised by the Tongan government.
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Pacific Battlefield Tours

When massive, industrialised war engulfed the world for the second time in the 20th Century, Japan's forces began expanding through the Pacific Islands to be met by resistance from the Allied Western forces.

Wake Island, Iwo Jima, and Guadalcanal are some of the more iconic names that surface in people's minds when the topic arises. The war in the Pacific is often referred to as the Pacific "Theatre", a word with overtones of unreality, actors and an unaffected audience. This misleading phrase ignores the truth of this dark period in the lives of thousands of soldiers and civilians who for many years spent day after muddy, blood filled day, surviving just a whisper away from death or horrific injury.
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New 'Made in PNG' publication to showcase PNG produce and manufacturing capability.

ade in PNG, produced by Business Advantage International in partnership with the Manufacturers Council of PNG, will seek to raise the profile of these key sectors both within PNG and internationally, as well as to showcase the best goods made and grown in PNG.
‘PNG’s productive sectors tend to get overshadowed by mining and petroleum. And yet they have huge potential and are vital to the country’s long-term development,’ commented Business Advantage’s Publishing Director Andrew Wilkins. ‘Made in PNG aims to raise awareness of these sectors among buyers and key decision-makers and to provide them with an invaluable single reference.’
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