L-R: Mr. Teremoana Mato, Trade Commissioner PTI China; Ms. Glynis Miller, Acting Trade Commissioner PTI New Zealand; and Samoa High Commissioner and Dean of Diplomatic Corps, H.E. Leasi Papali'i Scanlan
On Thursday 6 August, 2020 the Samoa High Commission hosted Ms. Glynis Miller, Acting Trade Commissioner of Pacific Trade & Invest New Zealand and Mr. Teremoana Mato, Trade Commissioner PTI, China.
The Pacific Trade & Invest is an Agency of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) with a Network of offices operating out of several countries including Australia, China, Geneva and New Zealand. The main focus is the promotion of Trade and Investment in the Pacific Island Countries.
The visiting delegation provided an update on Pacific Islands’ businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and advise of a Survey being carried out to assess the costs within the local Pacific industries. PTI are also engaged with local businesses and organisations with the compilation of national reports based on surveys carried out from time to time. The reports are available on the Pacific Trade Invest website: https://pacifictradeinvest.com/covid-19-response
In addition, PT&I are seeking solutions and alternatives for local Pacific industries to help compete in competitive overseas markets. Pacific Trade & Invest New Zealand is working closely with the University of Otago on a products research project called “Deal by Design”. The purpose is to examine how Pacific products can better compete in the New Zealand market. The research and development strategy is provided by the University of Otago.
The Samoa High Commissioner provided an update on Samoa’s economy impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and re-iterated the importance of the Pacific network through the Pacific Trade & Invest New Zealand in bridging the market economy of New Zealand and Pacific amid the pandemic.
The delegation was met by the Samoa High Commissioner (H.E. Leasi Papali’i Scanlan) and Counsellor at the Samoa High Commission, Mr. Robert Niko Aiono.