30 Sep 2010

Auckland seminar for Pacific women hailed a success

4:18 pm on 30 September 2010

A Geneva-based organisation says a seminar in Auckland to strengthen trade opportunities for Pacific women entrepreneurs from the Pacific region has been a success and more such gatherings are likely.

The seminar was instigated by the International Trade Centre.

An ITC representative, Ana Fusipala Kessie of Tonga, says the aim is to help businesses being run by women get organised and build up trade outside of their small island states.

"What we are looking at is we want to build a regional architecture for women in business. Women in business in most Pacific countries tend to concentrate their business in handicrafts, essential oils and also fruit and vegetables."

Ana Fusipala Kessie says the aim of the seminar was to also help build up regional support networks.