12 Nov 2007

No immediate deals but NZ trade mission hailed a success

2:18 pm on 12 November 2007

No deals have been signed, but several delegates who took part in last week's New Zealand trade mission to Samoa and Tonga have negotiated some business possibilities.

The mission was led by the Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commission and included ten New Zealand-based Pacific Island businesspeople.

The organisation's trade commissioner, Chris Cocker, says the mission was positive.

"The trip has been very successful. The positive feedback I have heard from the delegates, business has been negotiated, networks have been established; now the overall success of this trip is when we see actual outcomes. But of course it is still too early to see it now."

Chris Cocker says negotiations include the export of organic coconut oil from Samoa , the establishment of 24 hour high speed internet cafes, as well as real estate and tourism investments.

Mr Cocker says there is also interest in importing sundried tomatoes from Tonga