TAHITI, AUSTRALIA DISCUSS ECONOMIC TIES

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Fish, pearls in demand down under

PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Oct. 9, 2009) – Tamara Sommers, from the Australian consulate in Noumea, New Caledonia, met French Polynesia Finance Minister Georges Puchon in Papeete. They discussed ways to strenghten economic ties between Australia and French Polynesia.

Australia is a great potential market for Tahitian products, a Finance ministry press release states.

Puchon thinks a common market for the South Pacific such as PACER plus could help sell more Tahitian goods abroad.

He asked for informations on tax exemptions in Australia for exports such as pearl or fish.

Pearl and fish have been over the last years some of the main products Tahiti exports.

A special fund could be created by the French Polynesian government to help Tahitian companies to promote and sell their products.

Puchon and Sommers also talked about airline routes between Australia and Tahiti.

The possible development of a Papeete-Noumea-Sydney route has been discussed.

There could be more passengers and more freight between these destinations.

There are currently daily flights between Noumea and Sydney but there are no direct flights between Noumea and Melbourne.

More flights to and from Australia will help boost trade but will also be good for tourism, education and cultural projetcs, Puchon said.

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