News 18 Aug 2017
The Pacific Chairs grouping, that brings together six Auckland-based business councils* with a focus on trade and economic linkages with the Pacific Islands, undertook a busy programme in Wellington on August 16.
Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) Chairman Peter Kiely, who has chaired the group’s quarterly meetings, led a team of 12, who travelled from Auckland to the capital.
The day’s activities began with a meeting with Minister of Trade Hon Todd McClay, which focused on issues impacting on New Zealand’s significant commercial linkages with the region, including the implementation of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations-Plus (PACER Plus).
The group also met with NZ Trade and Enterprise’s (NZTE) CEO Peter Chrisp and senior management from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (MFAT) Pacific Branch and Sustainable Economic Development Division.
This was a valuable opportunity to engage with key government agencies at a senior level and discuss the partnership between government and business in developing two way trade and investment into the region, and building prosperity and stability in our immediate neighbourhood.
The day’s programme concluded with a well-attended networking reception, involving the diplomatic corps, parliamentarians, government officials, businesspeople and other Pacific Islands stakeholders.
Pacific Chairs was established to promote cooperation and collaboration amongst business organisations active in the Pacific Islands.
The day’s programme illustrated the value of working together to engage with government.
*(New Zealand Fiji Business Council, New Zealand Pacific Business Council, New Zealand Papua New Guinea Business Council, New Zealand Samoa Trade and Investment Commission, New Zealand Tonga Business Council, French NZ Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with support from Pacific Cooperation Foundation, Pacific Islands Trade and Invest, Pacific Business Trust, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.)
(Photo caption: Trade Minister Hon Todd McClay meets Pacific Chairs in Wellington.)