New Zealand High Commission Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

New Zealand trade mission back to PNG

For the fifth time in two years the New Zealand Papua New Guinea Business Council is leading a trade mission to Papua New Guinea this time traveling to Port Moresby and Lae. The delegation which includes almost 30 people is here from 19 to 24 May.

Business Council Chairman Stephen Eagle said from Auckland that he’s excited about bringing such a large group to PNG. “We’ve had large delegations in the past but it’s great to see this level of interest in the Business Council’s 20th Anniversary trade mission”, he said.

New Zealand companies on the trade mission span a range of sectors including infrastructure, food and beverage, business services and Maori enterprise. Many of them already do business in PNG and are looking to build on those partnerships while others are visiting for the first time. Mr Eagle said the frequency and size of New Zealand trade missions reflects the growing commercial relationship between the two countries. “We know that the PNG Government wants New Zealand companies engaged in PNG especially where they have expertise that is relevant to PNG’s development and the group we’re bringing has a lot to offer”, said Mr Eagle.

Michael Greenslade, who is New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner to the Pacific and is helping arrange the programme for the trade mission said the New Zealand Government and the PNG Government signed a tax agreement last year that will make it easier for companies from both countries to do business with each other. “That’s great news from a business perspective and it will really help push the trade relationship in the right direction”, he said. “But business partnerships don’t happen by themselves so it’s great to be coming to PNG again with a motivated and quality team“.

Mr Eagle said the support the Business Council has received from PNG, including from the Investment Promotion Authority and from the Port Moresby and Lae Chambers of Commerce, to arrange the programme has been fantastic. In PNG the delegates will meet with government representatives and with companies from a range of sectors including mining and gas, roading, banking, food and beverage, transport, logistics, energy, marine, manufacturing and more. “Site visits and the Business Council’s 20th Anniversary functions in Port Moresby and Lae will be highlights too”, Mr Eagle said. The New Zealand and PNG Governments are both hosting functions for the delegates.

New Zealand High Commissioner to PNG Marion Crawshaw, whose office has also been helping put the trade mission programme together, said she is excited about seeing another trade mission. “This is the fifth trade mission from New Zealand since I’ve been here and I think that’s a great illustration of the growing strength of the commercial relationship between New Zealand and PNG”, Ms Crawshaw said. Ms Crawshaw also said she is delighted that new companies are coming to learn about PNG and the opportunities here.

People who want to find out more about the trade mission should email the New Zealand Papua New Guinea Business Council at info@nzpngbc.org.nz.

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