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Twelfth Fao Round Table Meeting for Pacific Island Countries on Wto and Regional Trade Agreements and Provisions

Wellington, New Zealand, 22-24 September 2007







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    Tenth Fao Round Table Meeting for Pacific Island Countries on WTO and Regional Trade Agreements and Provisions
    Wellington, New Zealand, 17-21 September 2007
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    The Tenth Round Table Meeting for Pacific Island Countries (RTM) on WTO and Regional Trade Agreements and Provisions was held at the Kingsgate Portland Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand, 17-21 September 2007. The meeting was attended by participants from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Resource persons and speakers for the meeting were provided by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations ( FAO), the Government of New Zealand, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and its Auckland-based Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commission (PITIC), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Representatives of the European Union (EU) and the Government of Italy also attended. The fu ll list of participants and resource persons is attached as Annex 1.
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    Ninth Round Table Meeting for Pacific Island Countries on WTO and Regional Trade Agreements and Provisions
    Wellington, New Zealand, 3-7 July 2006
    2006
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    The Ninth Round Table Meeting (9th RTM) for Pacific Island Countries (PICs) on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Regional Trade Agreements and Provisions was held at the Portland Hotel in Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand from 3-7 July 2006. The meeting was attended by participants from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Resource persons and speakers for the meeting were provided by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Government of New Zealand, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Representatives of the Government of Italy, the European Commission and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) also attended. The full list of participants and resource persons is attached as Annex 1.
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    Report of the Workshop on Economic Strengthening of Fisheries Industries in Small Island Developing States in the South Pacific. Apia, Samoa, 14-18 September 1998. 1999
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    This is the report of the Workshop on Economic Strengthening of Fisheries Industries in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the South Pacific, held in Apia, Samoa, from 14 to 18 September 1998. The workshop was organized and funded by the FAO Fishery Industries Division in cooperation with the FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands (SAPA) which hosted the workshop. Messrs Masanami Izumi and Gilles Hosch, FAO SAPA, acted as Meeting Officer and Assistant Meeting Officer, respectively, while Drs D. Doulman, E. Ruckes and U. Tietze, FAO Rome, performed their duties as principal resource persons and technical secretary of the workshop, respectively. The workshop was attended by 46 participants including participants and representatives of FAO member countries in the South Pacific, i.e., Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, participants from non FAO member countries and territories such as Kiribati, Nauru, as well as representatives of re gional organizations, institutions and donors such as the Forum Secretariat, the South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the New Zealand School of Fisheries, the Asia Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA) and the University of the South Pacific (USP). The main issues which were addressed in the workshop included the enhancement and conservation of aquatic resources and environment as precondition for sustainable fishery industries development, the economically viable and sustainable management of fishery enterprises, the strengthening of aquaculture enterprises in the South Pacific, the promotion of fish utilization and trade, fisheries education and training, investment and credit support, the fiscal and regulatory environment of fishery e nterprise development and the role of fisheries administrations in strengthening of fisheries enterprises.The workshop formulated a number of recommendations addressed to national Governments, regional organizations and bilateral and multilateral donors as well as proposals for follow-up activities and for better regional cooperation in strengthening fisheries industries in Small Island Developing States in the South Pacific.

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