Filipino trade delegation in Bougainville

Business, Normal

The National, Friday 10th Febuary 2012

A TRADE delegation from the Philippines arrives in Buka Island, Bougainville, today to explore direct investment, trade and commercial ties with locals.
Bougainville president John Momis said the group’s interest covered potential investment in agriculture, banking, shipping, tourism, fishing and mining.
He said the group comprising 31 business executives and politicians would have the opportunity to direct trade links with the Bougainville government and business community.
“This visit is yet another positive indicator that Bougainville is well on the road to political and broad based economic recovery,” Momis said.
“Bougainville is open for creditable business and investment opportunities.”
The delegation will be briefed by Momis and ABG officials before going on a trip to Arawa, Aropa airport, Kieta wharf and Loloho sites in Central Bougainville.
“Stressing the potential investment in the agriculture sector, particularly in pineapple production, some members of the group will travel to Siwai, Kangu and Tonolei in South Bougainville,’’ Momis said.
“Private sector business groups in Bougainville will have the opportunity to have one-on-one dialogue with potential business partners.”
Momis said it was now up to the people of Bougainville to show maturity and embrace the opportunities coming their way.