CTA to co-host Sustainable Agriculture Session in the Private Sector Partnerships Forum in Apia, Samoa, 30-31 August 2014 (3rd International Conference on SIDS)

August 26, 2014

CTA, through the support of the Intra-ACP Agricultural Policy Programme, is partnering with the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) in the organisation of a Private Sector Partnerships Forum in Apia, Samoa on 30-31st August 2014. This will be held in the context of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States which will be held from 1-4 September 2014 (http://sids2014.org) which has the overarching theme of “The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships.

Programme: Session 3 – Sustainable Agriculture

Introduction by the Moderator, Mr. Michael Hailu, Director, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) SIDS are a bedrock of cultural and economic activities. With the growth of the international trade in organic agricultural products, private sector partners are in a prime position to reinvigorate agricultural production in SIDS, contribute to the livelihoods of rural communities and increase the export earnings.

• Ms. Alberta Malielegaoi Vitale, Women in Business Development Inc. Samoa jointly with Mr. Alex McDonald, The Body Shop, Australia and  Mr. Sam Crofskey, C1 Espresso, New Zealand

• Mr. Jono Bushell, Director, Vinepower (New Zealand) and Mr. Seth Kaurua, Tanna Farms, Vanuatu

• Ms. Shadel Nyack Compton, Belmont Estate, Grenada

• Ms. Christine Curry, Director, The Goat Dairy, Grenada

• Mr. Bruce Russell, Trustee – Poutasi Development Trust and Representative of the Tindall Foundation

• Professor Clement K. Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor & Campus Principal, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

Interactive Dialogue

Other sessions supported by CTA:

 Session 1 – Oceans and Marine Resources

Introduction by the Moderator, Mr. Taholo Kami, Regional Director, Oceania,SIDS are especially vulnerable to ocean and coastal degradation. This session will focus on sharing and scaling up best practices on responsible fishing and protecting oceans and marine resources.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

• Mr. Nainoa Thompson, Polynesian Voyaging Society

• Mr. Bill Holden, Pacifi c Fisheries Manager, Marine Stewardship Council

• Mr. Charles Huffl ett, Managing Director, Solander

• Ms. Jenifer Austin Foulkes, Manager Oceans Program, Google

• Mr. Koebel Sakuma, Offi ce of the President of the Republic of Palau

• Mr. Jacob James, Managing Director, Waitt Foundation

• Ms. Monica Medina Senior Director, International Ocean Policy National Geographic Society

• H.E. Mr. Roy Mickey Joy, Ambassador of the Republic of Vanuatu to the European Union

Interactive Dialogue

Session 8 – Financing and Support Measures for Sustainable Private Sector in SIDS

This session will focus on cross cutting themes that need to be addressed to create conducive conditions for SIDS private sector growth and competitiveness such as public finance, PPPs and governance.

Introduction by the Moderator, Mr. Gyan Acharya; Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)

• Mr. Erik Solheim, Chairman, OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

• Dr. Andrea Iffl and, Regional Director at Pacifi c Liaison and Coordination Offi ce, Asian Development Bank

• Ms. Margaret Fruean A/CEO Registries of Companies & Investment Promotion ,Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour, SAMOA

• Mr. Antony Bensteeve Langston General Manager Credit Corporation (SI) Limited Solomon Islands

• Mr. Klaus J Stunzner Jnr, President of Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO)

• Mr. Reuben Summerlin, PFIP Project Manager and Regional Adviser, Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme

• Dr. Prakash Deenapanray, CEO of Eco Living In Action Limited (ELIA Ltd), Mauritius

• Mr. Gavin Murray, Regional Manager, International Finance Corporation, (IFC)

• H.E. Fatumanava Dr. Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa to the European Union

• Dr. Justine Ram, Director of Economics, Caribbean Development Bank

Interactive Dialogue

 

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Brussels Briefing 37: Building resilience of SIDS through trade and agribusiness development

July 14, 2014

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.

Extra materials:

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 BriefingIsolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [video]
Introductory remarksHonorable Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni,  Secretary General, ACP Secretariat [video]; Pedro Henriques, International Relations Officer, DG DEVCO, European Commission [video]; 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]
Panellists:
– 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
[Video|Presentation|Summary]
– Agricultural trade opportunities in the Pacific: from policies to practice
Veniana Qalo, Senior Trade Policy Specialist, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
[Video|Presentation|Summary]
– Building resilience through trade and green growth
Ambassador Edwin Laurent, Senior Advisor, The Caribbean Green Economy Initiative
[Video|Presentation|Summary]
– Support for trade resilience and successes in improving business in Eastern Caribbean States
Randolph Cato, Consultant, Eastern Caribbean States
[Video|Presentation|Summary]

Coffee break

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]
Panellists:
- Successes in agribusiness in the Caribbean and lessons learned
Escipión Oliveira, Deputy Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency
[Video|Presentation|Summary]
– Farm to table: opportunities and connections between farms and the tourism industry
Mereia Volavola, CEO, Pacific Island Private Sector Organization (PIPSO)
[Video|Presentation|Summary]
– Successes in accessing export markets for root crops and lessons learned
Maria Lailai Moi, Director, Ben’s Trading Ltd, Fiji
[Video|Presentation|Summary]
– Linking small farmers with agribusiness: niche markets and branding strategies
Shadel Nyack Compton, Managing Director, Belmont Estate, Grenada
[Video|Presentation|Summary]

Conclusion: Michael Hailu, Director of CTA

Networking Lunch

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

SIDS infographic


Live: Brussels Briefing 37 on Resilience of Small Island Economies

July 11, 2014

To follow the Briefing live please click link below “RESILIENCE OF SMALL ISLAND ECONOMIES”:

http://scic.ec.europa.eu/streaming/index.php?es=2&sessionno=eded0708dfe855304a50029fccf1a677.

 


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