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Saturday, 05 September 2015

At the close of the Agribusiness Forum: “Linking the agrifood sector to the tourism-related markets,” Pacific Islands agribusiness leaders pledged to launch a Regional Agritourism Steering Group, whose first task is to draw up a Pacific Work Plan for agritourism by September 1, 2015.  The Forum was organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), together with the Pacific Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

A memorandum of understanding was recently signed between the  Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) . The MOU expresses the mutual interests of SPC and ISA in developing regional and national frameworks that support the interests of both organisation’s Pacific member states, and efforts to regulate and manage deep sea mineral activities in ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction; conducting marine scientific research and analysis results; and participating in capacity-building initiatives and sharing seabed resources information

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has published their regional report assessing progress in the 20 years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Unfortunately, it showed that commitments to gender-sensitive climate change programmes are often rhetoric, and words are slow to translate into concrete changes in policy and practices. On this backdrop, it is essential that scientific and technological solutions to climate change are linked with people-centred approaches to development. Women continue to be excluded from participation in formal decision-making processes and their needs and perspectives are rarely sought.

Pacific food exporters have received invaluable information from recent business trips to third countries. The main message for exporters from the Pacific, is related to the importance of the story behind the food that they export. In the case of New Zealand, this si deemd to be key to break into new markets and grow existing customer bases. The Secretariat of the Pacific Community's Export Marketing Officer, Sally Ann Hughes, says there is a real 'feel good factor' when buying Pacific products, which are mostly organic and provide employment for the local populations.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a Quality Management System Training with a number of shipping stakeholders from across the Pacific, including Maritime Administrations, Ports Authorities and Maritime Training Institutions.     Shipping contributes up to 90% of trade in the Pacific island Region. From this perspective, it is important that the region looks to continually refine shipping procedures, to improve services and keep pace with the fast growing, highly competitive business environment in order to provide effective and quality services to different end users.