Connecting Cairns, PNG and the Pacific

Regions we visit

Tradelinked often visits locations overseas to work closely with the locals and with the respective Chambers of Commerce in a cooperative and productive way.

Places we visit:

Bougainville

Lae

Port Moresby

Doing Business with Bougainville

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville is a Province in Papua New Guinea. The population of Bougainville is around 300,000. Bougainville covers an area of 9,318km, and is the largest island in the Solomon’s archipelago, but has been part of what is now Papua New Guinea since 1920.

Recent years has seen the partnership between Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) (including Bougainville) start to mature from an aid relationship to an economic partnership.  In Bougainville this economic partnership is focused on:

  • Growing and diversifying primary industry production;
  • Improving the investment climate and business environment; and
  • Strengthening trade links and inward and domestic investment.

There are opportunities in Bougainville for innovative businesses – for example skills development in the areas of agribusiness; small business; governance and tourism.  Tradelinked Cairns & PNG continues to work towards fostering relations between the business communities of Bougainville and Cairns through its inbound and outbound business delegations.

See pictures of our last Tradelinked Cairns & PNG business delegation which included businesses from Port Moresby & Cairns.

Doing Business with Lae

Tradelinked Cairns & PNG has been active in the Lae market for a number of years through its facilitation of business delegations to Lae and as a host to Lae businesses and dignitaries visiting Cairns.   This activity has supported a Memorandum of Agreement between Lae and Cairns recognizing a Sister Cities status under the Cairns Regional Council’s Sister City Program.  Lae was recently highlighted as one of four key growth cities in Papua New Guinea, with a busy port; close proximity to the Highlands and an international airport scheduled to open in 2020, Lae is a city ready for business and investment.

Visiting Lae in October each year offers our business delegations the opportunity to be part of the Australian Government’s Pavilion at the annual Morobe Agriculture Show, a great place to promote products and services to a wide community and business base.  Tradelinked Cairns & PNG works closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Austrade each year to ensure positive outcomes for our respective businesses.

Doing Business with Port Moresby

Cairns has a long term relationship with Port Moresby being the closest international airport to the City. Cairns has the largest population of Papua New Guineans outside of PNG – approximately 10,000 live in Cairns, many of whom travel to and from Port Moresby. Tradelinked has a very active business networking group in Port Moresby with monthly networking events every third Tuesday in the month. These events regularly attract 150+ businesses. Cairns and Port Moresby will continue to share business; cultural and sporting connections into the future for the benefit of both regions.

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