13 Aug 2009

NZ trade delegation to stop in American Samoa

10:50 am on 13 August 2009

A 33 member trade delegation from Manukau City in New Zealand is scheduled to arrive in Pago Pago in American Samoa tomorrow seeking possible business opportunities and trade partners in the territory.

The delegation includes Manukau City mayor Len Brown, deputy major Gary Troup, officials of the New Zealand Pacific Business Council and New Zealand business representatives.

David Robinson the president of the local Chamber of Commerce will be organizing the local meetings.

The trade delegation's visit to American Samoa, following similar visits to Tonga and Samoa, is being arranged in conjunction with NZPBC and the Chamber, with assistance from Caroline Bilkey, the New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa, who has oversight for American Samoa.

Ms Bilkey will be part of the trade delegation, who will make a courtesy call to Governor Togiola Tulafono, who is scheduled to address a luncheon Friday afternoon.

Manukau business representatives traveling with the delegation include those in information technology, diary products, trailer manufacturing, building and construction, diesel products and freight forwarding.

The delegation departs the territory on Saturday.