Mama Teremoana Albert at the Matavera market stall on Friday. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU / 23100609/ 23100610
Cook Islands vendors have been invited to participate in a trade day event that will be hosted during the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in November in Rarotonga.
The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) is inviting interested local vendors to
register their interest by contacting the Business Trade and Investment Board
(BTIB) on phone number 24296.
MFAI is promoting
the Pacific Partnerships for Prosperity (PPfP) Pavilion that will be held from
November 7-9 at the Punanga Nui Market in Avarua.
In keeping with the
Leaders Meeting theme: “Our Voices, Our Choices, Our Pacific Way: Promote,
Partner, Prosper,” the Pavilion will offer a platform to showcase Pacific
ingenuity, economic resilience, and creative enterprise, MFAI said in a
It is intended
participants are Cook Islands vendors and agencies alongside regional and
international partners for a trade, investment, and cultural festival. MFAI
hopes the event will promote key Pacific initiatives and foster partnerships
that offer transformative potential for Pacific communities.
Rarotonga-resident Teremoana Albert is supporting the initiative and said she would
love to participate in the event.
Albert sells Rukau
and other food items at the Matavera market stall located near the Cook Islands
She said when her
husband was alive, they planted cucumber, tomatoes and cabbage and sold their
produce at the Punanga Nui Market.
“I love going to
the market, they are supportive. And I would love to be part of this upcoming event
with BTIB at the market. It is a good idea.”
Rarotonga Airport staff has been selling produce for 25 years now. After her
husband passed way, she focused more on selling cooked meals.
According to MFAI,
the Pavilion is expected to feature side events, non-commercial exhibition
booths for local and international guests, as well as trade, market, and food
stalls for Cook Islands based stakeholders.
Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Tepaeru Herrmann said the Pacific Partnerships
for Prosperity is inclusive of regional collective actions that have emerged
during the development of the 2050 Strategy Implementation Plan over the last
initiatives proposed by the Cook Islands for the PPfPs are an outcome of consultation
with all eighteen Forum members over a number of months, as well as CROP
agencies and Forum development partners,” Herrmann said.
“The Pavilion is
the physical embodiment of these nine initiatives which we hope will focus
Forum members, regional organisations and development partners to mobilise the
necessary resources and commitment to deliver early impactful wins for Pacific
communities in the year ahead.
“The Pavilion will
showcase the best of Cook Islands culture and give visibility to regional
priorities, helping to promote the PPfPs which are aligned with the 2050
Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.”
The PPfPs comprise
current and new regional collective actions aimed at attracting new funding,
investment, and partnerships that offer transformative benefits for Pacific
communities. The PPfPs propose regional collective actions that will provide
impactful early wins and effectively channel Forum development partners’ efforts
towards regional priorities as determined by Forum members.
programme is coordinated by the MFAI in partnership with the BTIB and relevant
domestic and regional agencies.
regional, and international agencies and organisations interested in
participating in the Pavilion are invited to apply online from Friday, 6
October 2023, at www.piflm52.com or direct their
interest and enquiries to Tatryanna Utanga on email email@example.com.