TropLinks Trade Mission to Guam hailed a success

May 6th, 2011

TropLinks, Northern Australia’s leading organisation in the promotion, commercialisation and export of Tropical Expertise, last month, completed a highly successful, multi-sectoral trade mission to Guam.

The primary objective of the trade mission, led by TropLinks CEO, Mr Graham Poon, was to showcase Tropical Expertise, build partnerships and explore opportunities being brought about by the military build-up.

TropLinks CEO, Mr Graham Poon advised that the mission has unveiled significant partnership opportunities for trade and investment between TropLinks members and local companies on the island of Guam.

According to Mr Poon, a total of eight companies participated in the trade mission, some having secured direct and immediate business opportunities and others having forged relationships and exchanged dialogue in pursuit of strengthening commercial ties.

With representation from a cross section of industries including, training and education, engineering, refrigeration mechanics, electrical, project management, and renewable energy, the participants of the mission reported positive outcomes and high potential prospects for doing business on Guam.

Mr Peter Langbien, CEO of Skill360 Australia commented, “I have participated in two TropLinks trade missions, one to PNG and now Guam. I would definitely recommend TropLinks’ services to any business looking to explore opportunities in new overseas markets for the first time. They provide excellent value for money and take the time to understand the needs of the participating business prior to departure”.

TropLinks is committed to active follow up and engagement of the participants to ensure that the initial discussions translate into successful projects and ventures. Mr Poon advised that TropLinks intends to return to Guam in July.

Mr Jeff Voacolo, Senior Vice President of WPCS International Incorporated, agreed that ‘Follow up is the key’. Mr Voacolo further added “This trade mission was a very successful trip. TropLinks was fantastic and WPCS appreciated everything TropLinks did for them.”

The presence of the TropLinks delegation attracted much media attention on Guam, with articles appearing in local newspapers. Delegates were welcomed by key representatives from the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the Guam Economic Development Authority, Senators from the 31st Guam Legislature, Commission of Consolidated Utilities, business support organisations and the business community.

Invitation to meet Mr Martin Quinn

May 6th, 2011

TropLinks will be hosting a morning tea, to provide members and other interested people, with an opportunity to meet with Mr Martin Quinn, the Ambassador-designate to Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau.

Mr Quinn will be an important contact for businesses who intend to pursue business opportunities in Guam, which is one of the three primary areas targeted by TropLinks.

Mr Quinn’s original visit was postponed due to Cyclone Yasi.

Date: Wednesday, 18th May 2011

Time: 10am – 11am

Venue: The Boland Centre, 14 Spence Street, Cairns

Cost: $20.00 per person

Mr Quinn is a career foreign service officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He has extensive professional experience in the Asia Pacific region. In 2010, he was Foreign Policy Advisor at the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence. Prior to that, he was Australia’s Ambassador to Afghanistan (2008 – 2009). Earlier diplomatic postings were as Counsellor (Political) at the Australian Embassy in Seoul, Republic of Korea; First Secretary in Indonesia and Third Secretary in Thailand.

Please RSVP to Jodie Dollery by Wednesday, 11th May 2011.

For further information, please contact the TropLinks office on (07) 4041 0955