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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, January26) – Five-member business delegation from Japan, led by the Pacific Islands Centre (PIC) in Tokyo, is in the country on a fact-finding mission targeting the agriculture and fisheries industries.

At a meeting with the press yesterday, Investment Promotion Authority managing director Ivan Pomaleu said there had been an important working relationship between IPA and PIC since its creation in 2003.

Mr Pomaleu said this was a valuable opportunity to introduce local products to overseas market, particularly in Japan.

The Japanese team would focus on selecting potential products particularly prawn and tuna.

The team is composed of PIC deputy director Tadamichi Shiramatsu and senior market researcher Yoshiko Miyasaki, and a consultant with the centre.

Also with the team are businessmen Hiroyasu Kawaguchi from the Marukei Kathuobushi, a major producer and supplier of smoked bonito (skipjack tuna), and Kenji Misaki of Kairyu company, one of Japan’s major prawn importers and a distributor of high quality rice crackers.

PIC, formerly known as South Pacific Economic Exchange Support Centre, was created by the Japanese government and the Pacific Forum Secretariat to help Pacific Island countries attain sustainable development.

This is the third visit by the group. In the two previous missions, the team focused on spice and natural products, coffee and marine resources.

The third visit will concentrate on marine and agriculture resources.

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