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Jul 19

PM promotes trade opportunities

Auckland Mayor, Len Brown and PMMembers of the business community have been urged to learn from the experiences of members of a Trade Delegation from Auckland that’s in the country.

The delegation, led by Auckland Mayor, Len Brown, arrived on Tuesday. It consists of 20 experts in the food and beverage industry, infrastructure and the education sector. Yesterday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi welcomed the group to Samoa when he opened a meeting between the delegation and the Chamber of Commerce at the Hotel Tanoa Tusitala. Tuilaepa highlighted the importance of the meeting in order for the private sector and the business community to learn off their peers from New Zealand. “The message is quite clear for this trade meeting,” Tuilaepa said.

“It is for the people of Samoa to develop your businesses and use the opportunity that are available through meetings such as this to grow your businesses.” The Prime Minister said exchanges such as yesterday open the door to different opportunities. One such door is an opportunity for business people in New Zealand to invest in Samoa, especially in the tourism industry.

Tuilaepa assured the trade delegation from Auckland that the Government is taking the lead to work with the private sector to develop Samoa’s economy through creating different business opportunities. “I encourage members of the Chamber of Commerce and also the Manufacturers and Exporters in Samoa to use this opportunity to get ideas and ways to create more and more businesses in Samoa.”

Delegates in the Trade Delegation are business executives drawn from the education, infrastructure and food and beverage sectors in New Zealand. These are amongst the priority sectors in Auckland Council’s Economic Development Strategy.

Together they represent 23 per cent of the Auckland economy. The mission aims to renew, stimulate and strengthen relationships with Auckland’s partner countries; to present a unified Auckland approach to promoting the city’s capabilities and its contribution to sustainable development in the Pacific; to provide a catalyst for business opportunities for participating companies and increase two-way trade opportunities; and provide participants with a greater understanding of the Pacific market.

The group was officially welcomed during a function at Letava on Tuesday night. Yesterday evening, the group visited Aleipata where Mr Len Brown was bestowed the matai title of Taua’aletoa from the village of Lepa.

Author: Marieta Heidi Ilalio (Samoa Observer)
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