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20 to 21 October 2021 | By invitation only

Tomasi Puapua Convention Center, Funafuti, Tuvalu
INCEPTION WORKSHOP ON FORMULATION OF TUVALU’S NATIONAL TRADE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

The Government of Tuvalu is developing a Tuvalu National Trade Development Strategy and plans to organize national workshops to receive feedback from various stakeholders and partners.

ESCAP, in support of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a multilateral partnership to support least developed countries (LDCs), team and the Tuvalu Department of Trade will organize the national (inception and validation) to develop this strategy.

As a member of ESCAP and one of the three least developed countries (LDCs) in the Pacific, these workshops are expected to shape strategies in promoting economic growth and sustainable development and helping to lift more people out of poverty.

The National Trade Development Strategy aims to:

  • Mainstream trade into national development strategies;
  • Set up structures needed to coordinate the delivery of trade-related technical assistance; and
  • Build capacity to trade, which also includes addressing critical supply-side constraints.

In this context, the objectives of this inception workshop are to:

  • Provide the overview of the Pacific Trade pattern and trends;
  • Identify elements of the Tuvalu National Strategy of Sustainable Development with a focus on Tuvalu Trade and Tourism; and
  • Gather feedback from the stakeholders and partners.

For any questions related to this event, please send to the Secretariat at email: [email protected]

20 Oct 2021
14:00
14:30
DAY 1: INTRODUCTION

Opening Prayer

Opening comments by Tuvalu Government (Permanent Secretary of Fisheries & Trade)
Opening comments by Partners

  • UN/ESCAP-UNRC
  • EIF/WTO Executive Director

Refreshment Tea (10 minute)

14:40
15:20
DAY 1 - Session 1: Introductions of Regional Partners

Presentations from Regional Partners linked to the Trade Development Strategy (10 min presentation each)

  • Regional trade overview [UNESCAP]- Mr Sudip Ranjan Basu
  • Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) – Mr Zarak Khan
  • Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) – Ms Christina Gale
  • World Bank (USA HQ) - Mr William John Gain

(Facilitated by Head of Trade)

15:20
16:00
DAY 1 - Session 2: Overview of Trade Development Strategy

Overview of Process

Presentation by EIF Project Officer and Local Consultant that focus on:

  • Tuvalu Government Presentation on the overall vision for the preparation of the National Trade Development Strategy (including specific areas of focus as in the project document and related timeline and milestones)
  • Introduction of Local Consultant
  • Outline Workplan and Activities

Followed by Q&A from participants

Refreshment (End of Day 1)

21 Oct 2021
14:00
15:00
DAY 2 - Session 3: Trade Agreements for Tuvalu

(Facilitated by Local Consultant) 

  • Overview of all Trade Agreements for Tuvalu  (Trade - 15 min) 
  • Overview of Trade Agreements in Asia-Pacific on trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific - Ms. Witada Anukoonwattaka (ESCAP- 15 min) - https://www.unescap.org/kp/2020/preferential-trade-agreements-asia-and-pacific-20202021
  • Overview of PACER PLUS Trade Agreement in Pacific and benefits for Tuvalu – Mr. Roy Lagolago, Head of the PACER PLUS IMPLEMENTATION UNIT, Samoa (PPIU - 15 min presentation)

Refreshment - Tea (20 minutes)

 

15:20
16:20
DAY 2 - Session 4: Bilateral Trade Agreements & Trade Promotion

(Facilitated by Local Consultant) 

  • Overview of Tuvalu’s Bilateral Trade Agreement and Trade Promotion Activities (Trade - 15 min)
  • Experiences - Bilateral trade agreements and trade promotion of Nauru – Mr Masau Detunamo & Fiji (TBC) (Trade - 15 min)
  • Experiences - Bilateral trade agreements and trade promotion of Maldives – Mr Yusuf Riza Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Development, Maldives. 
16:30
16:45
DAY 2 - Closing Remarks

Closing comments by:

  • UN/ESCAP-UNRC
  • Tuvalu Government (Permanent Secretary of Fisheries & Trade)

Refreshment - End of Day 2 - End of Event

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for the Pacific +679 331-9669 [email protected]
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