Building Pacific Islands business links to Asia was on the agenda at the November meeting of the UN ESCAP Business Advisory Council (EBAC) in Bangkok. UNESCAP is the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
Beijing-based Pacific Trade & Invest (PT&I) Trade Commissioner David Morris represented the Pacific Islands Forum at the meeting and agreement was reached to include key actions for the Pacific across all of the EBAC Task Forces, including finance, trade, disaster risk reduction, green business, innovation, agriculture and food.
Michael Greenslade, PT&I’s Auckland based trade Commissioner is a member of EBAC’s Sustainable Trade & Investment Taskforce since 2014. The Sustainability Task Force is one of EBAC’s six task forces.
UNESCAP’s Business Advisory Council meets twice a year and has established a number of task forces that publish toolkit guides for business and other practical projects.
At the Bangkok meeting it was agreed to engage with international chambers of commerce to provide practical support to small business in areas ranging from accessing finance to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Chambers of Commerce will be invited to the Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF), to be held in Dhaka, 8-9 February, 2017.
Mr Greenslade is also a member of the organising committee of the APBF event in Dhaka. He will manage Pacific content and participation at the forum.
The EBAC task forces will be reporting back on outcomes, including Pacific Islands actions, at a future event to be hosted in Hong Kong later in 2017.
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