The Samoa Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Non State Actors Grant.
It is one of ten organizations in the Pacific region awarded the grant under the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat’s “Strengthening Non-State Actors Engagement in Regional Policy Development and Implementation Programme”.
Recently, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat coordinated a one-day preparatory workshop for grant recipients through the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Non State Actors Grant Facility in Suva.
The Samoa Chamber of Commerce Memberservices Manager, Lote Lima, attended the workshop which focused on the requirements of grant administration, financial guidelines, visibility, reporting and communications.
The workshop was followed by an awards ceremony for the grant recipients held at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat office.
The grant will be utilized for the Samoa Chamber of Commerce ‘Think Tank Initiative’, a platform for Samoa’s private sector to proactively identify and prioritize sector specific issues and challenges.
The Chamber completed and passed a strict E.U. donor Assessment programme over 15 months; to ensure it systems are fully compliant with EU standards for management of funds.
Other grant recipients included W.W.F. South Pacific, Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding, the World Fish Center, P.I.A.N.G.O., Birdlife International, Pacific Disability Forum, C.A.R.E. in Vanuatu and Pacific Island Farmers Organization Network.
The “Strengthening Non-State Actors Engagement in Regional Policy Development and Implementation Programme” (the N.S.A. Programme) is funded through the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund (E.D.F. 10) and implemented by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.