The European Union (EU) and the Pacific Community (SPC) have today launched the ‘Safe Agricultural trade Facilitation through Economic integration in the Pacific’ (SAFE Pacific) project to strengthen and enhance trade capacities designed to improve economic growth in the Pacific.
The EUR 10.5 million SAFE Pacific project is funded by the EU and will be implemented by the SPC's Land Resources Division. The project will target increasing production and exports through improved compliance with international trade standards and by adopting approaches that foster greater production for domestic and regional markets.
Speaking at the launch of the project in Noumea, the Ambassador of the European Union for the Pacific, H.E Sujiro Seam said, ‘‘At a time when the EU becomes Permanent Observer, I am happy to partner with SPC on this SAFE Pacific project. As the region progressively reopens to build back better, international trade plays a crucial role. The SAFE Pacific project enhances the capabilities of Pacific Island Countries to comply with regulatory obligations, such as biosecurity and quarantine measures, as well as rules intended to safeguard product quality and safety. It lays the foundation to increase exports and thus strengthen regional and international trade, including trade between the Pacific Island Countries and the EU thanks to the Economic Partnership Agreement”.
The project launch coincided with the inception meeting of the SAFE Pacific project and was broadcasted live via Zoom in New Caledonia.
SPC’s Director-General Mr Stuart Minchin said, “SPC is pleased to launch the SAFE Pacific project and strengthen our commitment to supporting the essential work being carried out by our member countries to improve and promote sustainable economic growth and livelihoods. SAFE Pacific comes at a critical time when the region grapples with the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and severe natural disasters, reaffirming the importance of collaborative action to pave a way forward in the near and long-term for post-COVID recovery.”
This partnership confirms the EU-SPC commitment to contribute to growth and development in the Pacific in order to provide decent jobs, to reduce inequalities and tackle poverty to sustain livelihoods, and to preserve the natural capital on which the region depends.
The project will be implemented in 15 Pacific African Caribbean Pacific countries, including the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
Naheed Hussein, Team Leader SAFE Pacific, Land Resources Division, Pacific Community (SPC) | [email protected] or (679) 3370733
Maryann Lockington, Communications Officer SAFE Pacific, Land Resources Division, Pacific Community (SPC) | [email protected] or (679) 3370733
The Pacific Community (SPC) is an international development organization gathering 26 Member Countries and Territories. SPC harnesses science, knowledge and innovation for sustainable development, benefiting Pacific people, since 1947. www.spc.int
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About SAFE Pacific project:
The SAFE Pacific project focuses on improving access to export, strengthening sustainable product value chains and market certification, improving compliance with international standards on trade, biosecurity and animal health, and supporting the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Pacific Island Countries. In addition, the project will enhance the capabilities of the target Pacific countries in terms of implementing biosecurity safeguards and contribute to the establishment of a Pacific Regional Pesticide Registration Scheme to raise awareness on and regulate the use of pesticides, as well as animal production health and welfare improvement.