World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Aid for Trade consultations underway in the Pacific

Aid for Trade consultations underway in the Pacific

2nd April 2013

National consultations on Aid for Trade are currently underway in the Pacific.

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat with support from the European Union funded Pacific Integration Technical Assistance Programme (PITAP) has commissioned a project to assist the Pacific ACP States to identify and prioritise their Aid for Trade needs.

Aid for Trade is development assistance designed to assist Pacific ACP States to improve their ability to participate in global trade by addressing the trade-related challenges that they face.

Trade-related challenges may include modernising customs systems, meeting rules of origin requirements, addressing sanitary and phytosanitary issues, improving trade related infrastructure such as port facilities and resolving technical barriers to trade.

“The objective of this extensive exercise is to identify the gaps in Aid for Trade in Pacific ACP States, assist countries improve coordination, and mobilise additional resources to address trade and development needs,” explained the Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Tuiloma Neroni Slade.

The Secretary General added that the consultations would also identify and quantify the assistance that Pacific ACP States are already receiving on Aid for Trade from each development partner at national, sub-regional and regional levels, as well as the financing mechanisms in place.

“The reason for seeking this information is to ensure that there is no duplication of projects or programmes and also to identify gaps in Aid for Trade requiring support.”

This initiative will result in the formulation of a consolidated Aid for Trade matrix that takes into account the implementation needs arising from the obligations contained in economic development and trade agreements that Pacific ACP States are negotiating and/or are parties to.

These agreements include the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA), the PICTA Trade in Services Protocol, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Trade Agreement and the Micronesian Trade Committee (MTC) Trade Arrangement.

Consultations are being carried out in Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Timor Leste will also be consulted regarding its Aid for Trade needs.

The team, comprising Forum Secretariat senior staff and consultants, are consulting with relevant Pacific ACP States’ government departments and agencies responsible for trade, finance, taxation, customs, planning, fisheries, forestry, agriculture, maritime, labour, education and health.

Regional and international agencies, and development partners that are actively involved in Aid for Trade related activities in the Pacific are also being consulted.

“These consultations on Aid for Trade are inclusive and we intend to develop a comprehensive picture of the Aid for Trade needs of the Pacific island countries as we progress the renew and refresh exercise of the Pacific Aid for Trade Strategy,” the Secretary General stated.

Consultations will also include stakeholders in the private sector, such as chambers of commerce, employers’ representatives, banks, and civil society in order to obtain a broad cross-section of national views.

A revised Pacific Aid for Trade Strategy is expected to be finalised later in the year.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 


21 Egyptians Beheaded

Egyptian jets bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, a day after the group there released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians, drawing Cairo directly into the conflict across its border. More>>

Protests In Bil’in Honoring Slain US Citizens

Protesters at demonstration in Bil’in honoring slain US citizens face attacks and arrests by Israeli forces. More>>

Resolution Targeting Sources Of Financing For ISIL

Ambassadors representing two countries under attack from ISIL, Bashar Ja’afari (right) of Syria, and Mohamed Ali Alhakim of Iraq, speak to journalists following the adoption of a Security Council resolution targeting sources of financing for ... More>>

ALSO:

  • U.S. Department of State - Support for Authorization for Use of Military Force
  • "Pakistan Probably Harboured Osama Bin Laden"

    Former ISI head Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani tells Al Jazeera Pakistan probably harboured Osama Bin Laden More>>

    "Pakistan Probably Harboured Osama Bin Laden"

    Former ISI head Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani tells Al Jazeera Pakistan probably harboured Osama Bin Laden More>>

    ISM Honours Kayla Mueller

    Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the popular committee in the village of Bil’in where Kayla joined the protests, told ISM: “Kayla came to Palestine to stand in solidarity with us. She marched with us and faced the military that occupies our ... More>>


    US Measles Outbreak: UN Urges Parents Vaccinate Children

    3 February 2015 – Parents in the United States must vaccinate their children against measles in order to maintain the high levels of immunity necessary in keeping outbreaks of the aggressively contagious virus small and contained, the United Nations World ... More>>

    Ebola: Large-Scale Vaccine Trials Under Way In Liberia

    WHO welcomed the donation by the Public Health Agency of Canada of 800 vials of one of the leading candidate Ebola vaccines, rVSV-ZEBOV. Photo: WHO/M. Missioneiro (file) More>>

    Security Council Denounce Murder Of Jordanian Pilot

    3 February 2015 – For the second time in as many days, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have jointly condemned the brutal killing of a civilian by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – this time deploring ... More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     
     
     
     
    World
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news