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Trading Up! Supporting Pacific Niche Exports


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is producing the regional report on Aid for Trade in Asia and the Pacific for the WTO Global Review on Aid for Trade (AfT). The report will include a special in-depth section on the Pacific. The Pacific section will follow the same themes as the overall report (AfT’s role in reducing trade costs), but with additional analysis around the potential for the digital economy to tackle trade costs and promote niche product development.
In line with this, ADB will organize a one-day meeting with Pacific exporters, along with its partners:

  • Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS),
  • World Trade Organization (WTO), and
  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The objectives of the meeting will be as follows:

  1. To understand the dynamics of successful exporter development in the Pacific;
  2. To show how/if AfT projects have contributed to reductions in trade costs; and
  3. To contribute to private sector understanding of the ADB Trade Finance program.

Event Description:

The event is a Pacific exporters meeting entitled “Trading Up! Supporting Pacific Niche Exports” that will be held on 29 April 2015 at the PIFS office in Suva, Fiji. The meeting will bring in experts in trade finance, marketing, and digital commerce to talk about the frontier of niche product development to a diverse audience of about 40 successful exporters from all over the Pacific region.

The sessions are allocated as follows:

Morning sessions

  • Trade Costs + Niche Exports: Trends
  • Trade Costs + Niche Exports: The reality
  • Using the Digital Economy to Expand Exports

Afternoon sessions

  • Accessing Regional Trade Finance
  • Marketing, Market Access + Strategy

Click here for a copy of the Registration Form.

Click here for a copy of the Programe.

Event Documents

Opening Remarks by Acting Secretary General, Ms Cristelle Pratt

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