Australia’s commitment to working with the Pacific Islands is reflected in the white paper, vowing to work with the region to support economic growth and governance, and identify the security, stability and the maintenance of Australia’s status as an important partner and actor in the Indo-Pacific region.

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To further enhance Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia’s digital tourism program, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online travel site, is adding further value to the workshops by equipping local operators with social media marketing skills and knowledge, as well as educating participants on the importance of customer referrals.

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At the finale of the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum, the pitch was the deciding factor of success. While this was a competition, the art of pitching is the same if you are pitching to judges or potential investors.

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is Australia’s nearest neighbour, separated by just five kilometres across the Torres Strait. Politically independent since 1975, PNG is one of the most diverse countries in the world – geographically, biologically, culturally and linguistically – with over 800 indigenous languages.
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‘The worlds of these women are complex, often violent and insecure. Through an ongoing relationship with these communities my aim is to provide them with sustainable incomes and to help ensure bilum remains a viable art form for future generations,’ says Caroline Sherman, Founder, Among Equals.

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Pacific RISE and Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia have formalised their partnership to strengthen their reach and impact in the Pacific Islands. ‘While philanthropy and grants have historically been a significant part of capital flow in the Pacific, opportunities for investing with a social impact are largely untapped. The Pacific is fertile ground for innovative ideas,’ Caleb Jarvis, Trade & Investment Commissioner, PTI Australia. 

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Three Pacific Island sustainable seafood businesses have been announced as finalists in the Fish 2.0 2017 competition and will travel to Stanford University, USA to pitch to investors in November.

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Pacific Trade Invest Australia has partnered with Real Impact to revolutionise how the artisan skills of the Pacific Islands is brought into the Australian market. Launched in Melbourne, the Considered by Real collection pilot was met with great success.

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Samoa comprises nine volcanic islands, only four are inhabited. With a population of 195,000, the two main islands Upolu and Savai’i make up 99% of the land. The Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan way) is over 3,000 years old. Samoan mythology tells us the people descended from the gods and heavens.
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A collaboration in Poutasi, a small coastal village of Samoa, is set to put Samoa on the international food map producing artisan jams and tropical fruit spreads.

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