The Brussels Development Briefing on ‘Building resilience of SIDS through trade and agribusiness development‘, will be held during the morning of Friday 11 July 2014, at the Borschette Congress Center in Brussels. This 37th Briefing is taking place in the context of 2104 as the year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the upcoming UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (1-4 September 2014, Apia, Samoa).
The panel is being organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission, the ACP Secretariat and CONCORD. It will be composed of speakers who have extensive expertise in business, trade and agriculture in ACP small islands, representing regional and international institutions, farmers’ organisations, the private sector, development partners and academia. They will discuss the vulnerabilities and challenges experienced by small islands, and explore the opportunities and achievements of the agritrade sector in ACP SIDS.
Small islands face a greater risk of marginalization due to the combined adverse consequences of their small size, remoteness from large markets and high economic vulnerability to economic and natural shocks beyond domestic control. The Briefing will give an overview of the main challenges and opportunities for agribusiness development in SIDS. It will also discuss some best practices in agribusiness in ACP regions and strategies to identify new opportunities especially through innovative partnerships.
In addition to research and international organisations, confirmed speakers include Ambassador Edwin Laurent – Senior Advisor, The Caribbean Green Economy Initiative; Stephen Fevrier – Commonwealth Secretariat, Pamela Coke-Hamilton – Executive Director at Caribbean Export Development Agency; Mereia Volavola – CEO, Pacific Island Private Sector Organization (PIPSO); Maria Lailai Moi – Director, Ben’s Trading Ltd, Fiji; Shadel Nyack Compton – Managing Director, Belmont Estate, Grenada.