7 Nov 2007

Samoa encourages NZ investement in tourism and agriculture

11:57 am on 7 November 2007

Samoa hopes New Zealand-based Pacific Island entrepreneurs, who are on a mission to seek out business possibilities in the country, will invest in tourism, manufacturing and agriculture.

The group of ten business people, who are led by the Pacific Trade and Investment Commission, is in Samoa this week to find new markets.

The country's assistant chief executive at the ministry of labour, industry and commerce, Pulotu Chu Ling, says more resorts and farming are its top priorities.

"At the moment we are encouraging strong investment in the tourism sector, as well as in manufacturing and agriculture. Agriculture has been our base line, it has been there all along. These other new sectors just came in."

Pulotu Chu Ling says it would like to encourage organic farming methods in particular.