SOUTH PACIFIC FORUM SECRETARIAT

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Suva, Fiji Islands

PRESS STATEMENT

December 23, 1999

SOUTH PACIFIC TRADE COMMISSION LAUNCHES WEBSITE

The South Pacific Trade Commission in Auckland, New Zealand has launched a website (http://www.sptc.org.nz) to support its promotional work.

"It will be an informative contact point and link for a wide range of trade, investment and tourism business organizations and interested individuals alike," said Mr. Parmesh Chand, the SPTC Trade Commissioner.

The website includes information on trade, investment and tourism contacts in each of the 14 Forum Island Countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) represented by SPTC.

Other resource material includes SPTC guidelines to approaching New Zealand importers and investors, marketing advice for Pacific products and summaries of the Commission's Market Reviews.  The website also provides basic information on the French Territories of French Polynesia and New Caledonia.

Requests for hard copies of SPTC resource material as well as general enquiries can be made through the registration page in the website.

Important regulatory information is contained in the links to the NZ Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) website and the NZ Customs website. Of particular relevance to Pacific exporters to New Zealand are the MAF Import Standards listed at http://www/maf.govt.nz.standards.

A calendar of key events will be updated monthly from January 2000 and web users who have upcoming events of relevance to the Pacific are welcome to contact the SPTC to be included on this page.

There is also the opportunity to have links to other sites attached to the SPTC website and organizations and companies can register their interest with the SPTC through the website or by emailing info@sptc.org.nz or by fax (64 9) 377 6642.

The Trade Commissioner thanked the Brussels-based Center for the Development of Industry (CDI) for their sponsorship of the establishment of the site and MicroTek (NZ) Limited for helping to construct the site.

For additional information, contact Ulafala Aiavao at ulafala@forumsec.org.fj.

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