News 4 Oct 2017
The New Zealand Samoa Trade and Investment Commission (NZSTIC) celebrated its achievements and successes and its recent annual general meeting, staged at Fale o Samoa, in Mangere, Auckland.
Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) Chairman Peter Kiely was the key-note speaker at the meeting, attended by approximately 25 members.
Chair of NZSTIC Frank Po Ching says the event was not only an opportunity to highlight the successes of NZSTIC, but also for some of the attendees to see the new premises for Samoa House, and to appreciate the successful vision of the Samoa Government.
“My report highlighted the highlighted the recent successful business mission and also acknowledged the previous NZSTIC Chairman - Tauiliili Fatu Fuatavai and his hard work to getting NZSTIC to where it is today, and leading a successful business mission in 2016,” Frank says.
The AGM was a chance for NZSTIC to acknowledge the Samoan Government and its commitment to the organisation, which promotes and facilitates trade and business in Samoa between Samoan and NZ businesses, and its support of NZSTIC’s second business mission in June 2017.
NZSTIC also acknowledged Samoa Chamber of Commerce and its commitment to co-host the 2017 business mission in Samoa, and the Samoa Business Network NZ and Samoa for their assistance and support toward the business mission.
“There was also a special mention of the Beef Model Farm in Samoa,” Frank says.
“Samoa is requesting funding assistance from the New Zealand Government to initiate the project – it has been an item on the agenda for six years now.”
The Samoa Government has made the project a priority, and NZSTIC will write to the new NZ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the new Prime Minister to put this project back on the priority list, Frank says.
NZSTIC will also write to the Samoa Prime Minister to re-prioritise the project.
The AGM also highlighted NZSTIC’s main objectives, which are to facilitate, promote and encourage increased trade in goods and services, investment, technical and economic cooperation between NZ and Samoa; to provide advice, where sought, to prospective NZ investor on sectors and available opportunities for investment in Samoa; and to liaise, cooperate and provide advice on ways and means of increasing Samoa exports to NZ with designated business organizations in Samoa.
It also aims to promote friendship, goodwill, understanding and trading relations between the business communities in NZ and Samoa; and to act as the advisory body to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Trade commissioner; to assist in arranging for regular and effective consultations between business enterprises in NZ and Samoa; and act as a forum for the exchange of information related to existing and future business opportunities.
“As an organisation, NZSTIC needs to continually review its value proposition to its members, as well as for Samoa to remain effective,” Frank says.
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(Main picture: NZSTIC Frank Po Ching and PCF Chairman Peter Kiely at the NZSTIC AGM. CREDIT Samoa Business Network.)