The Pacific Exporters' Network (PEN) is a membership volunteer organisation of New Zealand based exporters to the Pacific with an interest in networking with each other, sharing experiences, seeking new ways to increase export efficiencies, identifying barriers and resolving them.
We seek to work with the Government, its agencies and Ministries in a combined effort to increase the level of exports from New Zealand into the Pacific.
Who’s behind PEN?
PEN is a group of volunteers with experience in exporting and advocacy.
Charles Broad – Is the National Network Convenor.
Charles has many years of experience as a senior public servant (including as a trade commissioner and Ministerial adviser), merchant banker, exporter and importer and as a representative of two UK based international development agencies. In recent years he has worked for Export New Zealand and assisted with the establishment of the NZ Pacific Business Council’s Central Chapter.
He is currently the CEO of the PacifAsia Foundation Limited which provides management services to those groups involved in expanding trade links throughout the Pacific region.
Colin Carr – Founding PEN Steering Group member
Colin has an extensive background in textiles and clothing, having worked for New Zealand companies in the competitive North American consumer market for 17 years before returning to New Zealand when he started Colin Carr Agencies Ltd in 1993.
Colin’s chief interest in the South Pacific, with an expanding business association with many people and customers throughout the South Pacific. Colin is a past Wellington Executive member of Export New Zealand and past board member of the New Zealand Pacific Business Council.
Fraser Carson – Founding PEN Steering Group member
Fraser has more than 30 years experience working and advising in marketing and communications, mostly in Wellington. His interest in exporting and trade are aligned to his involvement in sales and marketing, and his work in building online communities and content-sharing websites with his company, Flightdec. Fraser is a past Wellington Executive member of Export New Zealand and is a founding member of the Technology Valley Working Group.
Our vision is for the Pacific Exporters’ Network of New Zealand (PEN) to play a constructive role in doubling the current level of trade and the trade surplus with Pacific Island countries within the next 5 years (to 2018). The current trade is $1.5 billon – surplus is $1.3 billon.
Our vision will be achieved by:
- Identify barriers that inhibit New Zealand’s Pacific trade and seek solutions that remove them.
- Encourage a significant increase in New Zealand’s trade representation throughout the Pacific.
- Identify and work with willing partners to achieve our vision.
- Arrange trade missions to Pacific countries and territories.
- Engage with the Government and its agencies in support of our vision.