nº7: Small island economies

The 7th Regional Development Briefing was held in Mauritius on 23-24th April 2012, and focused  on “Small island economies: from vulnerabilities to opportunities”.

The Briefing was be intended to share knowledge on the main challenges and opportunities of the small island economies, notably in key areas such as trade, climate change and natural disasters, as well as new economic opportunities for rural areas (new markets, green growth, services, ICTS…). Islands from the Pacific, the Caribbean and Africa will meet to exchange views and identify what urgent and concrete policy actions of common interest need to be in place.

Particularly, we discussed vulnerabilities and economic opportunities therein as the Small Island Development States (SIDS) face a greater risk of marginalization from the global economy than many other developing countries. This essentially results from the combined adverse consequences of their small size, remoteness from large markets, high transport costs, and high economic vulnerability to economic and natural shocks beyond domestic control.

As the Briefing  dealt with climate change and natural disasters, we considered policy options to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience. Likewise, and especially in the context of Rio+20, we will study how can greening economy offer real opportunities for the small islands and enhance sustainable development.

The Regional Briefings are linked to the Brussels Development Briefings that CTA, the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat an Group of Ambassadors from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific in Brussels, Concord (the Platform of European Development NGOs) as well as various media partners, organise every two months since 2007 on key issues affecting Rural Development.

Monday 23rd April

Opening remarks (Video)

  • Ambassador Skerritt-Andrew, Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors and Ambassador of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in Brussels
  • Michael Hailu, Director of CTA, The Honorable Dr Arvin Boolell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mauritius

Panel 1: Vulnerabilities and economic opportunities for small islands economies
The Small Island Development States (SIDS) face a greater risk of marginalization from the global economy than many other developing countries. This essentially results from the combined adverse consequences of their small size, remoteness from large markets, high transport costs, and high economic vulnerability to economic and natural shocks beyond domestic control. However, major changes in technology, international economic conditions, communications and legislation give small island states new challenges and opportunities. This panel will discuss the opportunities for enhancing agricultural productivity and trade and building resilience to exogenous shocks.
Panellists:

  • SIDS+20: history of the small islands development states [PPT Presentation] [Video]
    Peter Kenilorea, Sustainable Development Officer, UN- High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)
  • Measuring and coping with economic vulnerability of SIDS [PPT Presentation] [Video]
    Briguglio, Director, Islands and Small States Institute, Foundation for International Studies, University of Malta
  • Building economic resilience in SIDS through trade and climate change policies [PPT Presentation] [Video]
    Robert Read, University of Lancaster, United Kingdom
  • Challenges in international and regional trade and new opportunities for SIDS in market access [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Nigel Durrant, Head, Agricultural Trade Unit, Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN), Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
  • Coastal and inland fisheries: old challenges and new opportunities [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Sloans Chimataro, Senior Advisor Fisheries, NEPAD

Panel 2: Reducing vulnerability and enhancing resilience to climate change
and natural disasters
Climate change is expected to result in a variety of environmental, social, and economic effects on island states, including threats to natural habitat, loss of habitable and agricultural land, coastal erosion, increased intensity and frequency of tropical storms, decreased food and water security, and adverse impacts on human health with particular acuity in small island economies. This panel will discuss these threats but also the development of adaptive capacities and community-base strategies to respond to climate change. It will also consider policy options to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience of vulnerable economies.
Panellists:PPT Presentation

  • Rethinking an institutional framework at the global and regional level to support sustainable development of SIDS [PPT Presentation] [Video]
    Akilananda Chellapermal, Aurélie Hermans, IAESD Group
  • Protecting the marine environment and promoting coastal management in the Caribbean [PPT Presentation] [Video]
    Christopher Cox, Programme Director, Caribbean Environmental Health Institute
  • Constraints and opportunities in land and marine resources management: the case of Tuvalu [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Faatasi Malologa, Director of Lands and Survey, Tuvalu
  • Building resilience through adaptation and mitigation strategies and actions [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)
  • Building the Resilience of Communities and their Ecosystems to the Impacts of Climate Change in the Pacific [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Kenn Mondiai, Executive director, Partners with Melanesians Inc. (PWM), Papua New Guinea
  • Strengthening the capacities of the IOC on adaptation to climate change [PPT Presentation]
    Fatoumia Ali Bazi, Project Manager and Brice Montfraix, Manager and Regional Adviser, Indian Ocean Commission

Tuesday 24th April 2012

Panel 3: Enhancing Sustainable Development of Small Island Economies
This panel will discuss how greening the economy can offer real opportunities for the small islands, enhance sustainable development and increase resilience for sustainable production and consumption, especially in the context of Rio+20.

Panellists:
  • Sustainable production and consumption in the context of SIDS [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Professor Toolseeram Ramjeawon, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Mauritius
  • Potential for green growth in the Caribbean [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Ambassador Skerritt-Andrew, Ambassador of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
  • Potential for green growth in the Pacific Islands [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Iosefa Maiava, Head of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Office, Subregional Office, Suva, Fiji
  • The Blue economy: new threats and opportunities to sustainable use of marine resources [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Terrence Phillips, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)
  • The role of the private sector in enhancing sustainable trade and investment [PPT Presentation] [Video]
    Hafiz Khan, Chairman, Pacific Islands Private Sector (PIPSO)
  • Dominica’s Organic Island initiative: the WINFA experience-Fair trade initiatives [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Rose Renwick, WINFA, St Lucia
  • From Farm to Plate: opportunities and connections that farms have with resorts [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Sharon Greene, Manager, Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa, Samoa
  • Strengthening interregional partnerships and capacities in preparation of RIO+20 and beyond [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Christophe Raoelina, Economist, Implementation of the SIDS ‘Mauritius Strategy’ in the ESA-IO, Indian Ocean Commission

Panel 4: Sustainable Development of Small Island Economies

  • Emerging opportunities in the Caribbean agribusiness and agro-tourism sectors [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Donald Keith Amiel, President, Caribbean Agribusiness Association, Jamaica
  • Sustainability in the context of coastal and marine tourism in Seychelles [PPT Presentation 1 , 2 , 3, 4 ][Video]
    Selvan Pillay, Director, National Meteorological Service, Seychelles
  • Environmental sustainability: the case of Papua New Guinea [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Theresa Kamau-Kas, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Papua New Guinea
  • Adding value to agricultural processed good: “Made in PNG” [Video]
    Chey Scovell, Chief Executive Officer, Manufactures, Chief Advisor, Minister Trade, Commerce and Industry, Council of Papua New Guinea
  • CARICOM private sector’s perspective on sustainable trade and investment [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Carol Ayoung, Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce
  • Strengthening national resilience through implementation of sustainable land planning [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Tarakabu Tofinga, Senior Land Planning and Management Officer, Ministry of Environment, Land and Agriculture, Kiribati
  • Seychelles: carbon neutral destination
    Nirmal Jivan Shah, Chief Executive, Nature Seychelles
  • Eco-tourism initiatives within the Caribbean [PPT Presentation][Video]
    Jennifer Edwards, Expert on Tourism, Bahamas

The way forward

Conclusions:
[Video]

  • H.E. Alessandro Mariani, Head of EU Delegation in Mauritius
  • Ambassador Skerritt-Andrew, Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors
  • Michael Hailu, Director of CTA


One Response to nº7: Small island economies

  1. Tricia says:

    Thanks a bunch for finding the time to explain the terminlogy to the learners!

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