The National, Friday 21st September 2012
By MALUM NALU
A THREE-day Taiwan Trade Fair, the first of its kind in Papua New Guinea, will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Port Moresby from Sept 26-28.
Organised by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), with the support of PNG Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry and Investment Promotion Authority, it will feature seven major Taiwanese companies.
Four of these will hold an industry symposium on the first day of the fair next Wednesday.
There will be 25 other Taiwanese enterprises which will make their presence felt at the fair with catalogues and product booklets.
These 25 companies offer a great variety of products ranging from industrial and road safety, home security, motorcycle and bicycle lock, industry valves, electrical fans, tools, food and beverages, medical equipment, computer and electronics, and various others.
Taiwan Trade Mission representative Daniel Hu said yesterday that this would be a golden opportunity for PNG business, especially small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) to establish contacts with Taiwan,
“As far as I know it (fair) is the first of its kind that is responding to PNG’s Vision 2050 and the call of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s government agenda to take the country forward into the next five years,” he said.
“In particular, this is by facilitating the progress to diversify PNG’s economy and to maximise opportunities for indigenous Papua New Guineans.
“In addition to the fair, there will be Taiwan product catalogues available, which offer thousands of business information and contacts in electronics, hardware, auto-parts, machinery, textile, sporting, among other industries.”
Hu invited PNG businesses and individuals to take advantage of this event in finding products that suited their trade needs.
“I believe international trade is an important tool and driver for economic growth and job creation for emerging markets.” he said.
“I would like for us make joint efforts to strengthen the bilateral ties between Taiwan and PNG by trade and investment promotion.”