An ambition to sell tea to China in TCI!

An ambition to sell tea to China in TCI!

 

TCI’s government is promoting organic agriculture, eco-tourism and introducing agriculture to the school curriculum – all innovations to be applauded. One company even has ambitions to sell tea to China! Organic agriculture and food are being seen as key to solving a recent rapid rise in health problems.

These were all subjects of discussion during a meeting between TCI’s Director of Agriculture Wilhemina Kissoonsingh and Milan Jezic von Gesseneck during his mission to TCI.

Milan Jezic von Gesseneck had the opportunity to visit Courtney Missick’s Organic Farm and the Caicos Tea Company which started up in 2016. The company is known on the local market for its high quality products and attractive packaging. Its plan is to cover 100 per cent of the TCI market and export – even to China!

More on the Caicos Tea Company

 

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EU relations with  independent countries of the Caribbean

EU relations with independent countries of the Caribbean

The EU has historically maintained strong relations with the Caribbean. This stems in large part from the colonial presence of European countries in the region; many are still present through Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).

The EU’s relations with the 16 independent Caribbean countries are shaped by various overlapping institutional frameworks, governing political relations, trade and development.

The 16 are members of the Cotonou Agreement (2000-2020) – the EU’s partnership agreement with  a group of 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The related European Development Fund (EDF) – revised every five years – provides national and regional development funding for ACPs. The current EUR 346 million regional envelope for the Caribbean under the 11th European Development Fund (2014-2020) prioritises: regional economic cooperation and integration; adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, environmental disaster management and renewable energy promotion and security and crime prevention across the region.

It is complemented by the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), covering trade related issues and the 2012 Joint Caribbean EU Partnership Strategy, dealing with political issues.

The EU-CARIFORUM EPA is a pioneering agreement in the international trading system.Through the EPA, the two regions aim to build on their long-established economic ties to foster growth, jobs and development in the Caribbean.

The 2012 Joint Caribbean-EU Partnership Strategy is a structured framework for broader and deeper dialogue and cooperation, strengthening the political dimension of the relationship alongside the more traditional existing trade and development aspects. It intensifies cooperation in a number of core areas of mutual interest: regional integration, reconstruction of Haiti, climate change and natural disasters, crime and security and joint action in multilateral fora.

 

 

 

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[Video interview] Visite de M. Philippe Germain en Nouvelle-Zélande

[Video interview] Visite de M. Philippe Germain en Nouvelle-Zélande

 

M. Philippe Germain, Président du gouvernement de Nouvelle-Calédonie était en Nouvelle-Zélande du 6 au 10 juin 2016. M. Germain menait une délégation d’entrepreneurs et représentants d’institutions économiques du Caillou pour une mission axée sur le développement des relations économiques et politiques avec la Nouvelle-Zélande.

Cette visite faisait suite au déplacement du Premier Ministre, M. Manuel Valls en Nouvelle-Zélande les 1er et 2 mai derniers. M. Valls avait alors invité MM. Germain et Fritch, respectivement président du gouvernement de Nouvelle-Calédonie et président de Polynésie Française, à participer à cette visite officielle, dans le but de soutenir l’insertion croissante des collectivités françaises du Pacifique dans leur environnement régional.

En 2016, M. Germain a inscrit les actions de diplomatie économique au cœur de la politique régionale de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, ce dans le but de diversifier son économie et de privilégier de nouveau relais de croissance (hors nickel), notamment par le développement des échanges commerciaux et des partenariats.

Lors du premier déplacement des 1er et 2 mai, des rencontres entre entrepreneurs français et néo-zélandaisavaient été organisées. Le Président Germain et M. Simon Bridges, Ministre des transports néo-zélandais avaient par ailleurs signé en présence de Manuel Valls, un arrangement administratif négocié en novembre dernier qui prévoit d’augmenter à quatre allers retours hebdomadaires les vols entre Nouméa et Auckland et cinq allers retours à l’horizon 2018. 
A l’issue de la visite, le Président Germain avait annoncé un second déplacement en Nouvelle-Zélande, en marge de l’événement Pacific Energy Conference à Auckland, le 7 juin).

Cette seconde visite comportait deux séquences :
- Business to Business à Auckland, les 8 et 9 juin. Le Président Germain a présenté les grandes lignes de la diplomatie économique néo-calédonienne, qui constitue un des piliers de son intégration régionale. L’intervention du Président Germain était suivie par des présentations d’entrepreneurs calédoniens souhaitant développer les échanges avec la Nouvelle-Zélande. Se sont aussi exprimés les représentants du cluster Avenir Export (AVEX), et des chambres consulaires de Nouvelle-Calédonie (Fédération des industries de Nouvelle-Calédonie (FINC), Confédération générale des petites et moyennes entreprises (CGPME), Chambre de commerce et d’Industrie (CCI), MEDEF) ;
- politico-économique sur Wellington, les 9 et 10, avec une série de rendez-vous avec les représentants des ministères, des affaires étrangères (MFAT), des Industries Primaires (MPI), et du développement économique (MBIE).

 

 

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Une “Vallée cosmétique” en Polynésie française

Une “Vallée cosmétique” en Polynésie française

Le potentiel de la Polynésie Française d’innover par la valorisation de ses ressources naturelles a été l’un des sujets clés pendant la mission en Polynésie française de Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, le responsable du projet, OCTA Innovation, du 14 au 18 septembre.

Les ambitions de créer une “Vallée Cosmétique” en exploitant la richesse des produits locaux, par exemple, le monoï, ont été évoquées pendant une réunion avec Didier Chomer, Président du cluster Polynésien du Business Tahiti Fa’ahotu (TFH).

Regroupant des opérateurs économiques privés ainsi que publics, Tahiti Fa’ahotu est un pôle d’innovation en Polynésie française. L’organisation a déjà organisé des “Journées d’innovation” pour faire avancer l’innovation dans les domaines suivants: l’exploitation des ressources naturelles marines et terrestres, la biodiversité et les énergies renouvelables.

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Wine from Curaçao

Wine from Curaçao

Very soon Curaçao will be producing its own local wines.

This is being enabled by the Curaçao Winery.

It was in 2000, that Roelof and Ilse Visscher started a winery business in the Netherlands, which at that time was quite unusual in the relatively cold North of Europe. This business has now developed into a 5.5 hectares vineyard and a winery, producing wines from vineyards covering a total area of 30 hectares.

In 2010, Roelof and Ilse were ready for the next challenge. They started doing research on opportunities for viniculture in Curaçao. The research involved a thorough study on soil and water, a market research, and a general research on available business opportunities.

2014 was the year in which Roelof and Ilse decided to take on the challenge to become Curaçao pioneers by starting the first winery business in Curaçao: ‘Curaçao Winery’. They started planting grape plants at plantation Hato. This plantation covers an area of 2 hectares, of which 1 hectare has now been planted. Recently they also started planting the other half of the area. Next step would be to expand the vineyard to 15 to 20 hectares. This could be realized by means of collaborations with local farmers.

Roelof and Ilse made a conscious choice for community involvement. Besides offering employment, the winery aims to organize training programs for local farmers and students. Technologies applied on viniculture could also be applicable to the growing of other types of crops.

Besides viniculture, Curaçao Winery is also developing a local winery, aiming at a production of 150.000 liters of wine. Further, Curaçao Winery wWinery 2ill provide services that involve anything related to the wine-experience, such as: guided tours, tasting events, and lodging. The winery aims to become a top attraction for Curaçao’s tourism industry, and a place where anyone can enjoy wine in a relaxed, natural setting.

Meanwhile Curaçao Winery is receiving attention from other Caribbean islands, such as St. Martin and Aruba. It could very well be that these daredevils are paving a way for promising new business opportunities in the Caribbean.

 

For more information: http://www.curacaowine.com/

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Nouvelle Calédonie – La SLN et le nickel calédonien

Nouvelle Calédonie – La SLN et le nickel calédonien

Le Président du Conseil d’administration de la Société Le Nickel est à Paris. Pierre Gugliermina défend le projet de nouvelle centrale électrique de l’usine de Nouméa, avec conviction.

La 1ère.fr: Comment vivez-vous la crise actuelle du nickel ?
Pierre Gugliermina : Je suis dans une posture positive. Un chef d’entreprise a forcément des inquiétudes, son rôle est d’énumérer les dangers et de trouver le moyen de les écarter. La SLN a 135 ans d’existence, est-elle menacée ? Oui, mais au même titre que n’importe quelle entreprise. Nous avons une stratégie, des plans d’action qui nous permettent de croire en l’avenir du nickel calédonien. Les cours du métal ne reviendront pas à des niveaux spectaculaires, mais il y aura un rebond. La SLN calédonienne est viable sur le long terme.

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Deep sea minerals community of practice for the Pacific

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union will establish a community of practice for Pacific Islands’ policy officers and legislative drafters involved in deep sea minerals.

The new initiative is a key outcome of an intensive regional training workshop on deep sea minerals policy formulation and legislative drafting hosted by the Government of Samoa and organised with SPC in Apia last week.

The virtual community of practitioners will usefully exchange practices, experiences, questions and challenges with regards to the development and implementation of their deep sea mineral policies and legislation.

The Director of SPC’s Geoscience Division, Professor Mike Petterson, said the initiative will enable policy officers and legislative drafters to share and discuss the future development of deep sea mineral regulatory frameworks, including the strengths and weaknesses in existing deep sea mineral policies and legislation, and to grasp whether there is a need for further development and changes.

“Additionally it will ensure that there’s a better understanding of the needs and priorities of the Pacific region as a whole, as well as the ability to identify possible areas of regional cooperation and information sharing for deep sea mineral activities,” Prof Petterson said.

The new virtual community will be facilitated through a blog or portal managed by SPC as part of its European Union-funded Deep Sea Minerals Project.

“The community of practice proposed within the project will enhance the governance of deep sea minerals in the region,” the Ambassador of the European Union for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs, said. “It is another effort to ensure that deep sea minerals in the Pacific are managed sustainably and we are supportive of such efforts.”

Initiated in 2011, the project has been assisting Pacific Island countries in accessing all available information and for those who wish to engage in deep sea mineral activities, by supporting informed governance in accordance with international law, with particular attention to the protection of the marine environment and securing equitable financial arrangements for the benefit of Pacific people.

As one of its key result areas, the project aims to assist Pacific Island countries in the formulation of national policy, legislation and regulations to ensure the responsible governance and careful management of deep sea mineral resources.

The workshop in Apia, Samoa, was attended by 70 participants from 13 Pacific Island countries.

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Falklands confident of its oil industry

Falklands confident of its oil industry

[Mercopress] The Falkland Islands maintain strong regulatory oversight on all oil and gas operations and its offshore safety regime is based on the North Sea’s Safety Case regulatory structure, recognized as one of the highest standards in the world, said the Falklands’ government in a release following concerns related to technical issues on the rig Eirik Raude, currently operating in the South Atlantic.

“Offshore safety and environmental protection is a matter of utmost importance to the Falkland Islands Government, who maintain strong regulatory oversight on all oil and gas operations carried out within the Falkland Islands. FIG bases its offshore safety regime on the North Sea’s well-proven Safety Case regulatory structure, recognized as one of the highest standards in the world. FIG is highly focused on preserving the diverse and pristine natural environment, both for the benefit of future generations of Falkland Islanders, and to protect the economic activity from tourism and fisheries that rely on it.

 

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Caribbean – Caribbean Export Creates Opportunities between CARIFORUM and the FCOR & OCT Territories

Caribbean – Caribbean Export Creates Opportunities between CARIFORUM and the FCOR & OCT Territories

The OCTs import an average of 90% of their goods and services. There are opportunities for CARIFORUM countries to strengthen trade with these territories in particular for raw materials, primary agricultural products, agro-processing, tourism, as well as financial and professional services.

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