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By Radio Tonga News

NUKU΄ALOFA, Tonga (Radio Tonga News, Oct. 31) - A group of New Zealand Pacific Business people are on an inaugural mission to discover business opportunities in their Pacific homelands.

A statement says that for the first time, the Pacific Islands Trade & Investment Commission (PITIC NZ) is leading a business mission of 10 Pacific island business people to Samoa and Tonga on the Air NZ Return to Roots Mission from next Monday, November 5th to the tenth.

The Pacific Islands Trade & Investment Commission (PITIC NZ) is an agency of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and is fully funded by NZAID, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

PITIC NZ Trade Commissioner Chris Cocker said, "Air New Zealand has generously sponsored our business and media passengers and with their help, the mission aims to inspire Pacific Island business people from New Zealand to seek new business opportunities in the Pacific Islands"

Mr. Cocker says they're navigating the key link between the Pacific business people based in New Zealand to their counterparts in the Pacific Islands.

He says many of the delegates were born in the Pacific islands and they’re now successful New Zealand business people.

They're hoping they’ll find good business opportunities in the Pacific such as invest or buy from their home countries, according to Cocker.

He also says the initiative may be extended to other Pacific Islands.

The trade delegation will start with business meetings in Samoa from next Monday and Tuesday, and then move over to Tonga from next Thursday to Saturday, November 8th to the tenth.

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