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​Sport and business opportunities go hand-in-hand

News 12 Jan 2018

Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF), together with Pacific Trade Invest (PTI), is gearing up to promote Pacific business and trade when the top echelons of athletes gather at the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In December, a forum was staged by the Queensland Government about the prospect of holding a trade event while the Games are on in April of this year.

The two organisations are focusing on the Pacific component of the trade event, and along with the New Zealand Olympic Committee have designed a provisional Pacific focused Business Mission to the Gold Coast.

PCF Chief Executive Officer Craig Strong says the mission is a wonderful opportunity for organisations from NZ and the Pacific to leverage business to business and government to business trade and investment opportunities that exist within the Commonwealth.

“With a combined population of 2.4 billion (one third of the world’s population) and generating 17 percent of the world’s GDP, this is an opportunity not to be missed,” Craig says.

Taking place from April 12 until April 16, attendees will be able to attend the Queensland Agri-Business event in Brisbane; the Major Event Capability Business Forum; a Partnering the Pacific breakfast involving Pacific and Commonwealth business leaders; and many other networking opportunities.

Seats at the preliminaries, semis and final of the men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens will conclude the mission.

Organisers are anticipating members and stakeholders of the Pacific Island Business Councils representing Commonwealth countries, along with private sector representatives from Pacific Island Commonwealth member countries to be among those attending the mission.

The programme is subject to change and availability.

Expressions of interest can be forwarded to Craig ( or Michael Greenslade of PTI (

Visit Commonwealth House and GC2018 for more information.

(Picture caption: The Fiji Rugby 7s team will be a team to beat at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.)