The last Brussels Development Briefing on ‘Building resilience of SIDS through trade and agribusiness development’, was held on Friday 11 July 2014, at Borschette in Brussels. This 37th Briefing took place in the context of 2104 as the year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the upcoming UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (1-4 September 2014, Apia, Samoa).
The panel was organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission, the ACP Secretariat and CONCORD. It was composed of speakers who have extensive expertise in business, trade and agriculture in ACP small islands, representing regional and international institutions, farmers’ organisations, the private sector, development partners and academia. They discussed the vulnerabilities and challenges experienced by small islands, and explored the opportunities and achievements of the agritrade sector in ACP SIDS.
Small islands face a greater risk of marginalization due to the combined adverse consequences of their small size, remoteness from large markets and high economic vulnerability to economic and natural shocks beyond domestic control. The Briefing gave an overview of the main challenges and opportunities for agribusiness development in SIDS. It will also discussed some best practices in agribusiness in ACP regions and strategies to identify new opportunities especially through innovative partnerships.
Below you may find the programme of the event, photos, the presentations of the speakers, as well as other useful information:
Presentations & Videos:
In addition, below you can consult the presentations given at the event, by clicking on the word “presentation” corresponding to each individual panelist.
You can also watch the video recordings of all the speeches by clicking on the word “video” corresponding to each individual panelist.
A webstream recording of the Briefing is available by clicking on this link.
Introduction and Opening of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [video]
Introductory remarks: Honorable Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, Secretary General, ACP Secretariat [video]; Pedro Henriques, International Relations Officer, DG DEVCO, European Commission ; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA [video]
Panel 1: Drivers to enhance trade resilience and agribusiness development in SIDS
Small islands face a greater risk of marginalization due to the combined adverse consequences of their small size, remoteness from large markets and high economic vulnerability to economic and natural shocks beyond domestic control. This panel will give an overview of the main challenges and opportunities for agribusiness development in SIDS.
Chair: H.E. Dr. Len Ishmael, Ambassador of Eastern Caribbean States (ECS) [video]
- Resilience to economic shocks: Lessons learned across SIDS
Lino Briguglio, Economics Professor, Director Islands and Small States Institute (Univ. of Malta)[Video|Presentation|Summary]
- Key implications for ACP SIDS in the context of the Doha Development round
Stephen Fevrier, Trade Adviser, Commonwealth Small States Office in Geneva
- Agricultural trade opportunities in the Pacific: from policies to practice
Veniana Qalo, Senior Trade Policy Specialist, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
- Building resilience through trade and green growth
Ambassador Edwin Laurent, Senior Advisor, The Caribbean Green Economy Initiative
- Support for trade resilience and successes in improving business in Eastern Caribbean States
Randolph Cato, Consultant, Eastern Caribbean States
Panel 2: Learning from successes in agribusiness in ACP countries
This panel will discuss some best practices in agribusiness in ACP regions and strategies to identify new opportunities especially through innovative partnerships.
Chair: H.E. Fatumanava Dr. Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa [video]
- Successes in agribusiness in the Caribbean and lessons learned
Escipión Oliveira, Deputy Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency
- Farm to table: opportunities and connections between farms and the tourism industry
Mereia Volavola, CEO, Pacific Island Private Sector Organization (PIPSO)
- Successes in accessing export markets for root crops and lessons learned
Maria Lailai Moi, Director, Ben’s Trading Ltd, Fiji
- Linking small farmers with agribusiness: niche markets and branding strategies
Shadel Nyack Compton, Managing Director, Belmont Estate, Grenada
Conclusion: Michael Hailu, Director of CTA
Current and previous work by the CTA on Small Island Economies includes:
- Brussels Briefing n.27 on Small Island Economies http://brusselsbriefings.net/past-briefings/small_island_economies/
- High Level Panel on Resilience of SIDS in the context of the IFPRI 2020 Vision Initiative http://brusselsbriefings.net/past-briefings/agricultural-resilience/cta-high-level-panel-ifpri-2020/
- Capacity4Dev Building Resilience of Small Island Economies
Other resources on Small island economies:
- SciDevNet: Draft text for small island summit ‘lacks science http://www.scidev.net/global/policy/news/draft-text-for-small-island-summit-lacks-science.html