NZ business visit to PNG kicks off

A BUSINESS delegation from New Zealand was welcomed to Papua New Guinea this week by the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rio Fiocco.
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Murray McCully

Staff Reporter

Fiocco briefed the visitors at the Grand Papua Hotel yesterday evening on the future mining and oil and gas projects along with PNG's preparations for the APEC leaders' meetings on November 17 and 18 as well as the CEO Summit from November 15 to 17. 
Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand is part of a trade mission, which is being led by Murray McCully, the new chairman of the New Zealand Papua New Guinea Business Council (NZPNG-BC) and will be the first mission that the Business Council has run since 2015.
"It is exciting to be part of the NZ PNG trade mission once again," PTI NZ trade and investment commissioner Michael Greenslade said.
PTI NZ has continued to visit PNG at least annually to deliver its Path to Market programme in partnership with the country's lead economic development agency, the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA).
The trade mission is a high-powered concentration of about a dozen businesses focused on two-way trade between PNG and New Zealand. The delegation includes McCully, PNG High Commissioner in New Zealand Francis Agwi, PTI advisory board member Peter Kiely, Business Council member Peter Goldsmith, Pacific Cooperation Foundation board member Andrew Wilson, Greenslade and PTI NZ Trade and Development manager Ian Furlong along with other members of the NZPNG-BC.
The programme will involve visits to key politicians including Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel, Finance Minister Rimbink Pato, Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko, Commerce Minister Richard Maru and Trade Minister Wera Mori.