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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).
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Sunday, November 26, 2006
Posted 2:30 PM by Luigi
New On-line database to boost Pacific businesses
A new on-line database launched this week should open up more opportunities for small businesses in the Pacific Islands to reach global markets.
Pacificbizonline.com, a joint initiative by the Pacific Cooperation Foundation and the Pacific Trade & Investment Commission NZ was officially launched in Wellington by Fiji’s High Commissioner to New Zealand.
Mr Ram said the on-line database would be a dynamic marketing tool that would be particularly useful to many of the small and medium enterprises of 16 Pacific Island countries by listing all their products, services and contact details on-line.
Mr Ram said there was an increasing imbalance in trade between New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and to a large extent the Pacific relied on special trade preferences and ODA to survive.
“Hopefully, with this new and innovative “information gateway” now at their disposal with minimal cost, these SME’s would be able to reach potential markets beyond their shores, thereby expand their trade and related enterprises with ease and speed. This in turn would be able to generate and expand their revenue and profits and create much needed employment in the 16 countries. The website would thus provide a useful means to address many of the economic, social and other problems faced by the PIC’s.”
The joint venture between PCF and PITIC NZ also promoted the aims and objectives of the Pacific Plan to promote economic growth and sustainable development in the Pacific Mr Ram said.
The searchable database allows Pacific businesses, related Government departments, industry and sector organisations to log on, complete their business details and register free of charge. Once listed they can later update their information as circumstances change 24/7.
Samoa Trade Commissioner Va'atu'itu'i Apete Meredith said the proximity to markets had always posed a challenge for the Pacific to contact or promote products and services cost effectively to overseas markets.
“In this day and age….it is vital that our businesses in the Pacific are and can be accessed through these modern tools of communication namely the internet,” he said.
The “Pacificbizonline.com” Project was therefore developed specifically to offer such an opportunity for businesses & commercial or trade organisations in the Pacific, to have some of their basic information registered ‘online’ so that they could be readily accessed by importers and potential importers in New Zealand and around the world.
Mr Meredith encouraged the private sector to make full use of the http://Pacificbizonline.com website as a means to further promote Pacific Island products and services.
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