Image: Mr. Moustapha Mogugu from the EU Directorate of Trade (left) with His Excellency Mr. Joshua Kalinoe at the Mini Trade Fair.
Papua New Guinea is hosting a Mini Trade Fair for the first time in Continental Europe since trading under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, beginning in 2009.
The Mini Trade Fair is organised by the Government through the Embassy of Papua New Guinea in Brussels, Belgium, in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the National Fisheries Authority.
The trade fair is aimed at selected consumers, traders, investors and partners like the EU and ACP member states. A selected range of products, including coffee, Queen Emma chocolate, canned tuna, clothing and tourism and investment promotional materials are on display and is led by the National Fisheries Authority.
In welcoming the PNG Fisheries team, Papua New Guinea’s Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union His Excellency Mr. Joshua Kalinoe said the mini trade fair is part of the Embassy’s work programme to promote the economic dimension of its work.
“The Embassy’s role is also to promote PNG’s trade and economic interests and we are happy to be part of the PNG team comprising both Government agencies and the private sector to facilitate the trade fair”, Ambassador Kalinoe said.
He said the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) has been taking part in the Belgium Fishery Exposition for the past years and this year the Embassy solicited the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and NFA to use this opportunity to stage the Mini Trade Fair.
“It is hoped that we will continue to make this an annual event in the years ahead, riding on the back of NFA’s participation at the Fisheries Exposition and that more agencies of Government, including Investment Promotion Authority, Tourism Promotion Authority and the Agriculture Commodity Boards will participate,” Mr. Kalinoe said
The Mini Trade Fair started on 29 April and will end on 3 May 2019.
Source: Embassy of Papua New Guinea – Brussels, Belgium