Samoan officials learn trade and fisheries

Three Samoan officials are among Pacific trade, commerce, investment and fisheries officials in Honiara at Forum Fisheries Agency (F.F.A) HQ for two weeks of training.

Tamaleaoa Leilua, Fisheries Compliance Officer, Autalavou Tauefa, Principal Fisheries Officer – Advisory, of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries are joined by Justin Lima, Principal Foreign Service Officer  – Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the training.

The training is designed to help them make the links between trade and economic theory at the global level all the way to their tuna dollars at the national level. 

Led by F.F.A. with funding support from New Zealand, the regional training event in Fisheries Trade, Policy and Investment Appraisal aims to promote effective dialogue across sectors on national fisheries trade and investment issues. 

Trade Policy can provide both enabling and challenging scenarios for fisheries development in Pacific nations and officials confronted with the mix of impacts at national level from global. 

Regional and bilateral trade agreements need to be on top of the changing trade regulations, policies, laws and standards for the region’s multi-billion dollar tuna fishery. 

Participants are dipping back into the history of global economic and trade theories, and finding you can’t get past the acronyms -- think G.A.T.T, W.T.O., E.U., T.P.P. and T.T.I.P. and U.N.C.L.O.S. to name a few -- to understand the Pacific situation. 

Sessions led by lead trainers Dr. Liam Campling and Dr. Elizabeth Havice with F.F.A’s Fisheries Development team will help keep the focus on what officials need to know when it comes to the big picture contexts informing our national trade and fisheries development decisions. 

Finding out how free trade and trade preferences work may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but when it comes to taking Pacific tuna to the global market, it’s knowledge well worth gaining.

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