CTA, through the support of the Intra-ACP Agricultural Policy Programme, partnered 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 was held in the context of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States which is being 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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