May is shaping up to be a busy and productive time for Pacific business councils based in New Zealand, with several business missions scheduled throughout the region.
New Zealand Fiji Business Council (NZFBC), NZ Papua New Guinea Business Council (NZPNGBC), NZ Samoa Trade and Investment Commission (NZSTIC), and NZ Pacific Business Council (NZPBC) are all in the process of organising visits to the region to invigorate and promote trade and enterprise between NZ and selected Pacific countries.
On May 15, a delegation will travel to Suva, Fiji with NZFBC for a series of events, networking and one on one meetings over five days.
President of NZFBC Chandar Sen says the organisation is planning for a delegation of around 15 people, but if this year’s Mission is similar to last year’s then that number could easily double.
It will work closely with Investment Fiji as it has done in the past to carry out the Mission’s scheduled activities, including a seminar at Tanoa Hotel on May 17.
During the days leading up to this seminar, the visiting Waikato Chiefs, who will be in Fiji to play the Crusaders in a Super Rugby match, will host the Business Mission for an evening.
“The NZ High Commission will host a networking cocktail on Friday afternoon, after which we will go to the National stadium to see the Super rugby match between the Chiefs and the Crusaders.”
A visit to one of the manufacturing facilities in Suva is also planned, as is a courtesy visit to the Attorney General and Prime Minister, Chandar says.
“There are several objectives for the Business Mission to Fiji, which include writing business; setting up business operations in Fiji; understand the regulatory framework; networking; and of course, have some fun.”
In the investor/ business friendly environment, Fiji is full of potential opportunities for NZ companies across many sectors including infrastructure, tourism / hospitality, training / education, agriculture and manufacturing.
Meanwhile, dates for the NZPNGBC Business Mission to PNG, NZSTIC’s Business Mission to Samoa and the NZPBC Business Mission to the Solomon Islands are yet to be confirmed.
Visit http://www.nzfiji.org/nzfbc/ for more information on NZFBC.
(Main picture caption: The bustling Fijian capital Suva.)