Cook Islands can compete internationally

Tuesday April 10, 2018 Written by Published in Economy
Mona Mato, PTI Australia and Bradley Staff ord, chief executive of Cook Islands Noni, at a local noni farm. PHOTO: Pacifi c Trade Invest Australia. 18040903. Mona Mato, PTI Australia and Bradley Staff ord, chief executive of Cook Islands Noni, at a local noni farm. PHOTO: Pacifi c Trade Invest Australia. 18040903.

Pacific Trade Invest Australia (PTI) says the Cook Islands has the capability to compete in the international marketplace.

 

The comments come following a recent visit by export services manager for PTI Australia, Mona Mato.

Mato and BTI marketing and communications manager Cath Cooksley-Little met with 18 export ready organisations whilst here, as well as hosting an Airbnb workshop.

Mato labelled the four-day programme “a great success”.

“It’s been fantastic to work in with the public and private sector,” he said.

“Over the four-day programme, we met with over 18 organisations and over 90 people attended the two Airbnb Pacific workshops that PTI Australia facilitated.”

The visit was Mato’s first to the Cook Islands in an official capacity.

“It’s great to come home and see the innovation and creativity” he said.  PTI met with a range of Cook Island organisations whilst here, including companies specialising in high-end cosmetics, skin-care products, and even certified organic noni juice producers.

“It’s been fantastic to work in with the public and private sector. The BTIB, Cook Islands Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce were all instrumental in ensuring we could connect with so many people in such a short time.”

Mato said it was “great” to see entrepreneurship on the rise here in the Cook Islands, especially entrepreneurs who possess “a real social and environmental consciousness” towards their work.

“These organisations provide for growth and are creating more jobs for Cook Islanders, with the money going directly back into the local economy.”

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