A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
PAPGREN coordination and support
Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Posted 12:59 PM by Luigi
EU Export Helpdesk service
Published : Jan 30 2006
Source: CTA Office Newsletter
EU Export Helpdesk service for developing countries draws 1.2 million visitors in 2005
The European Commission’s Export Helpdesk for Developing Countries received an average of 3700 hits a day in 2005, establishing a "one-stop-shop" service for developing country exporters looking to export to the European Union. The Export Helpdesk is a concrete demonstration of the European Union’s commitment to facilitating trade between developing countries and the European Union.
The EU Export Helpdesk was established in 2004 to make it easier for businesses in developing countries to export to the European Union. It provides all relevant information on exporting to the EU, including information and assistance on import tariffs, customs procedures and the European Union Rules of Origin. The second phase of the Helpdesk - concerning EU and Member States’ specific import requirements and internal taxes - was launched by EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson in June 2005.
The Helpdesk has a number of interactive features, including a Market Place to allow exporters to share information and experience on exporting to the EU and an information service that provides answers to technical enquiries. In 2005, the service assisted with more than 1500 detailed technical enquiries from exporters. The service is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
The Export Helpdesk service will continue to expand in 2006 with new on-line facilities offering further information on voluntary export standards and other aspects of exporting to the EU.
More information http://export-help.cec.eu.int/
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