23 May 2013

NZ business upbeat about PNG trade mission

3:18 pm on 23 May 2013

The leader of a New Zealand trade mission to Papua New Guinea says the visit is generating business across a number of sectors.

It is the fifth such trip by the New Zealand Papua New Guinea Business Council in the past two years.

The council's chairman, Stephen Eagle, says the revenue from PNG's resource developments is being put to good use by the government and this is leading to business opportunities for New Zealand companies.

"Quite a lot in the food and beverage and also in the construction industry. We are supplying consulting services, specialist machinery and there are contractors, of course, working up here and a number of very specialised areas as well."

Stephen Eagle.

Earlier this week the PNG trade minister, Richard Maru, criticised New Zealand businesses for being unwilling to commit to joint ventures in PNG, but Mr Eagle says the minister has given his group a very positive welcome.