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Pacific Non-communicable Diseases Summit


Pacific Non-communicable Diseases Summit
Theme: Translating Global and Regional Commitments into Local Action
20-22 June 2016
Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Pacific Islands’ leaders and ministers, and officials from regional and global development agencies, will gather in the Kingdom of Tonga from 20-22 June to consider urgent action to address the region’s non-communicable diseases (NCD) crisis.

New inter-island cargo service on stream for later this year


The Barbados-based cargo ship Schooner Ruth is expected to start transporting inter-island cargo during the third quarter of this year. The interior of the vessel is currently being fitted out, with focus on installing solar refrigeration equipment. Launched in December 2014, the small cargo vessel is a pilot of the “Caribbean Sail Cargo Initiative” project of the UWI Cave Hill Campus, Centre for Food Security and Entrepreneurship in partnership with SV Ruth Ltd.

Doing Business in the Caribbean 2016


Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency is the 13th in the long-standing series of co-publications by the World Bank and International Financial Corporation (IFC). This annual report on the ease in doing business in 189 nations covers the period from June 2014 to June 2015. I have been reviewing such reports for the past two years, and have published two articles from each review: first to examine the global ranking of Caribbean states, then to breakdown their performance into the 10 indicators used in the ranking process.

Brussels 44: Responsible & Sustainable Sourcing Through Fair Trade


The next Brussels Development Briefing on “Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade” will take place on 22 June 2016  from 9:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451 in Brussels, Belgium.

POETCom 2015 Annual Report: A review of Organic Growth


The Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) is a not-for-profit membership organisation. Membership comprises representatives from 14 Pacific Island countries and territories, including farmers’ organisations, nongovernmental organisations, private sector and research institutions.

Vanuatu Agrotourism Policy Setting Workshop, Port-Vila, Vanuatu, 25-27 May


Tourism is the lifeblood of many Pacific economies, and agritourism provides a promising avenue for diversification and trade growth. In light of this, CTA and the Government of Vanuatu, together with IICA and PIPSO will organise a workshop on policy setting for improved linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism in Port-Vila, Vanuatu from 25-27 May 2016.

Thematic: Agriculture & Rural Development;

Seychelles goes into agroforestry, merging food production with conservation


Seychelles could use its forests to provide food for its population, says a representative of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).FAO’s sub-regional representative Rene Czudek visited seven farms chosen as pilot projects for agroforestry on Mahe and Praslin, the two most populated island of Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.The farms are using different methods and models of the agroforestry type of farming that encourages farmers to grow trees amongst food crops.“This is particularly adapted to Seychelles as it is a small island with limited agricultural land

Thematic: Agriculture & Rural Development;

Pacific crop centre develops food strategies for climate change


Severe weather patterns and cyclonic activity have become increasingly hyperactive in the South Pacific with climate change as the key contributor. Communities are faced with the destruction of food crops and are left suffering from food scarcity and malnutrition. WebThe Pacific Media Centre team in Fiji was granted access to propagation projects at the Pacific Community (SPC) and its Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees in Suva (CePaCT). Here the issue of climate effects

Thematic: Agriculture & Rural Development;

Jamaica Jerk the Caribbean’s first geographical indication


Jamaica is the first country in the English-speaking Caribbean to register a geographical indication (GI). Speaking at this week’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange about plans for Intellectual Property Week to be observed next week, Lillyclaire Bellamy, executive director of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Organisation (JIPO) told editors and reporters that since 2015, the country has a registered GI for Jamaica Jerk. “People always say we take forever to pass laws but the difference with us is when we pass our laws we use them.

Experts Meet to Solve Caribbean Fishing Crisis


Lazarus Alfred has been fishing since he was 17-years-old. He knows the struggles of life at sea.

‘Right time for Vanuatu to get out there and promote…’


Donald Pelam, Vanuatu’s Trade Commissioner in Australia, says it is now opportune for the country to promote its products and services in overseas markets. He was recently interviewed in Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat programme in Sydney, where he is currently based. Mr Pelam previously interned at Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) Sydney offices as Vanuatu’s trade representative.

Tags: Trade, vanuatu

The Caribbean’s First “Smart Island”


The Bahamas has just made history. The Bahamian island of New Providence has been named the world’s first “Smart Island.” The proclamation was made by Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union, the first island ever so designated by the ITU. Zhao made the announcement as a guest speaker during the launch of the country’s National De

St Kitts and Nevis’ Economy Is Booming


The Caribbean’s smallest country has one of its fastest-growing economies, according to new projections from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. The twin-island country is projected to see GDP growth of 5.1 percent this year, according to revised estimates by ECLAC. That is the highest rate of projected growth in CARICOM, and second in the wider

Barbados, Grenada named among destinations safest from natural disasters


Despite occasional threats of hurricanes, earthquakes and even tsunamis, Barbados and Grenada have been listed among the top 10 countries where tourists are least likely to find themselves victims of natural disasters, according to a report from Telegraph Travel. Barbados placed behind Qatar and Malta to rank third safest on the list with a 1.16 percent chance of visitors experiencing a natural disaster.

Region gets US$3 billion to support renewable energy efforts


Japan and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are partnering to invest US$3 billion in Latin America and the Caribbean to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, as well as quality infrastructure projects related to energy savings. The agreement between the IDB and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) expands on the Co-financing for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CORE) programme, which was created in 2012 to support energy inve

FAO opens office in Fiji


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) marked a milestone in its 46-year relationship with Fiji by opening its first local office yesterday. FAO's establishment in Fiji comes at a time when the country is facing challenges in food security after Severe TC Winston and Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu acknowledged this fact."For us now as we are transitioning from humanitarian assistance and relief efforts into recovery and long-term reconstruction, we want to seize this opportunity particularly in terms of agriculture on the livelihoods and the economic wellbeing of our peop

'By Samoans for Samoa'


Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has hailed the Samoa Connectivity Project as an all Samoa initiative, owned by Samoa to benefit the people of Samoa. Speaking during the official signing ceremony of the investors for the Samoa Submarine Cable Company, under the Samoa Connectivity Project, Tuilaepa said the project is a step in the right direction for Samoa. “Samoa’s new submarine

Marine expedition discovers new species on Dominica’s west coast


A marine research team has ended its 42-day expedition off Dominica, after finding at least nine new species of fishes and crustaceans on the island’s west coast. The team of marine archaeologists and researchers, which docked in Dominica on February 24, spent their days exploring Dominica’s waters in search of new and unusual marine life and biological information. The team covered 24 square miles off the western coast in 31 dives going as far as two miles offshore.

Fishing for the future of Caribbean coral reefs


New science-based fishery regulations are needed if coral reefs are to have a future in the face of climate change. The study shows that Caribbean coral reefs are experiencing mounting pressure from global warming, local pollution and over-fishing of herbivorous fish.

Dominica secures funding for waste-to-energy projects


Dominica has come out of a recent waste-to-energy conference with funding for two pilot projects. Policymakers, technicians and organizations related to waste and energy including SIDS-Dock, an initiative among small island states to transform their energy sectors and address adaptation to climate change attended the conference which took place January 20 to 23 in Grenada.

The United National Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Swedish energy agency were also part of the conference.

Reducing non-communicable disease in SIDS through climate preservation


Chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease account for some 7 out of every 10 deaths in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those of the Caribbean. This results in the expenditure of approximately 60% of health budgets in nearly all Caribbean countries.