SAMOA PRIVATE SECTOR SETS AN EXAMPLE OF PARTNERSHIPS SIDS TRADE VILLAGE READY TO GO
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July 26, 2014 - SAMOA PRIVATE SECTOR SETS AN EXAMPLE OF PARTNERSHIPS SIDS TRADE VILLAGE READY TO GO

Three of the strongest private sector advocates sealed an agreement yesterday to solidify the country’s enterprise initiative for the UN SIDS Conference. Digicel CEO, Pepe Fia’ailetoa Christian Fruean; Small Business Enterprise Corporation (SBEC) CEO, Peseta Margaret Malua; and President of Samoa Chamber of Commerce (SCCI) Klaus Stunzner announced with great optimism the progress made so far to establish the SIDS Trade Village through fruitful partnerships with local businesses such as the sponsorship support provided by Digicel. Pepe made the presentation of $60,000 tala towards the SIDS Trade Village, particularly for the set-up of the entertainment stage where our local culture and talent will be showcased.

Both Peseta and Klaus reiterated the benefits of the collaboration and were grateful for the investment made to complete the commercial platform for all of Samoa. As the global UNSIDS Conference is fast approaching, the nation is loud abuzz with final preparations for some 3,000 plus visitors from overseas. Samoa Chamber President, Klaus Stunzner made the comment that the SIDS Trade Village is an example of how we will demonstrate to the world that a small island like Samoa does have the capacity to host international events of this magnitude.

According to economic indicators, the Private Sector plays an especially important role in facilitating and aiding trade that drives our economy. SBEC and Samoa Chamber of Commerce were commended for initiating this forum to showcase local and Pacific products and to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

SIDS TRADE VILLAGE BACKGROUND:

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will be held from 1 to 4 September in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. It will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. (SCCI) in partnership with the Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) with the Sponsorship from Digicel will host the trade fair or market place at the conference facilities to showcase local and Pacific products and to take advantage of the 3,000 plus participants to further promote Samoan and Pacific products.

Some of its objectives are to show case local agricultural and handicraft products, giving the opportunity to small and medium businesses to gain economically from the conference; to facilitate potential markets for local producers. The SIDS conference will be the platform to secure buyers from both regionally and internationally.

An estimate of 50 businesses (including Digicel) would be showcasing their products and services at the village in the following sectors; Arts and crafts, Manufacturing (agro-processing and value added products made in Samoa), Elei and clothes designed and made in Samoa, Services – banking, shipping, telecommunications (Digicel), Tourism and tour guiding services, Health and beauty services, Food and Beverage and Performing Arts.

Digicel will share its business solutions and innovative products and services line at the SIDS Trade Village but more importantly will provide the support needed to leverage our local businesses and organisations.

Photo caption 1:  Private Sector Trio join forces:  Klaus Stunzner, Peseta Magaret Malua and Pepe Fiaailetoa Christian Fruean 

 

Photo caption 2:  Partnerships Forged:  Klaus Stunzner, Peseta Magaret Malua and Pepe Fiaailetoa Christian Fruean signing the MOU for SIDS Trade Vilalge