by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Australian companies are looking to get in on the vast opportunities that will be made available with the Guam military buildup. Austrade Manila, the Australian Trade Commission and the Australian Embassy in Pohnpei have returned to the island for a weeklong trade mission.
Eight Australian companies are participating in the mission, which included briefings by officials from the Guam Economic Development Authority, the Guam Buildup Office, and the Guam Chamber of Commerce. The companies also showcased their products and services to the local business community in hopes to connect with potential partners here.
Senior trade and investment commissioner of the Philippines and Micronesia Ross Bray said, "We see the synergies and the opportunities to partner. There will be opportunities for Australians to offer products and services, but it's also about the opportunity to value add to what's happening here on island as well. We see the ability to grow the business here on Guam."
Bray adds Australian companies are looking to make a long-term commitment to Guam and Micronesia. The Australian ambassador to Pohnpei, Martin Quinn, is also accompanying the trade delegation. A special film festival will be held Friday through Sunday at the Agana Shopping Center.