Strategic partnership for trade development: The EIF and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

14 June 2018, 12:30-13:30

 

Mr Ratnakar Adhikari

Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat for the EIF

 

H.E. Ms Merewalesi Falemaka,

H.E. Mr Eloi Laourou,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Good afternoon, 

 

I am very pleased to be here today. Our partnership with the Pacific has always been very close to our hearts.

  • A couple of weeks ago, the WTO Director-General together with the Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat strengthened the cooperation on technical assistance to the members of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat;
  • Today, we are boosting the cooperation between the EIF and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

All of this is very positive and welcome.

Often, the Pacific seems very far. With these new partnerships, we are cutting the distance to ensure that trade-led development brings tangible benefits to the people in the Pacific, including women and youth.

This morning, Ms Alberta Vitale shared what trade development support means for women farmers across over 180 villages in Samoa, who work really hard to meet the booming global demand for organic coconuts. This is just one example.

Trade-related investments in the Pacific range from refurbishing the seafront of Port Vila (Vanuatu) after Cyclone Pam to building strong institutions in Tuvalu and Kiribati to providing new opportunities to tourism operators in the Solomon Islands.

During a recent visit to the Pacific, the WTO's Director-General made the point very well when he said, "I am certain that our partnership will go from strength to strength to help the Pacific successfully integrate into the global economy."

The EIF is ready to boost its partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the Pacific LDCs and Samoa so that people like Ms Alberta Vitale and Ms Rosalie Vatu, as earlier mentioned by Ambassador Laourou, as well as many others in the region, can have better trade opportunities.

I would like to invite Ambassador Merewalesi Falemaka to join me in signing the Memorandum of Understanding. 

In the WTO Atrium, EIF and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat on 14 June 2018 sign an MoU, part of the Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for LDCs. Jan Turnbull/EIF

I would now like to invite everyone to enjoy the reception.

 

Thank you.


About the author

Mr Ratnakar Adhikari has been serving the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the World Trade Organization as its Executive Director since October 2013.