Strengthening Pacific Economic Integration through Trade (SPEITT)

What is the ‘Strenghtening  Pacific Economic Integration through Trade’ programme?

The SPEITT programme is designed to stimulate economic growth to increase regional economic integration and cooperation for Pacific members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (PACP) states.


What is the objective?

•     Improve Pacific economic integration through strengthened national systems and institutions

•     Develop trade capacity to increase private sector competitiveness and increase international market access for Pacific Island products and services.


How is it funded?

SPEITT is funded under the 10th European Development Fund (10th EDF) with a total contribution of €35.9 million.


What are some expected outcomes and results?

•     Increased capacity in trade policy through improved technical capacity and greater integration of trade policy into national development frameworks

•     Improved trade facilitation through improved customs management and efficient systems

•     Strengthening the productive export capacity of PACP states in key economic sectors (tourism, agriculture, forestry and aquaculture).


 Who are the implementing partners?

•     Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) Secretariat.

The Secretary General of PIFS (in the role of Regional Authorising Officer) coordinates and monitors the SPEITT programme

The SPEITT programme builds on three previous related programmes that were also funded by EDF:

•     Pacific Regional Economic Integration Programme, implemented by PIFS

•     Facilitation of Agricultural Commodity Trade, implemented by SPC

•     The Pacific Regional Tourism Development Programme, implemented by SPTO



SPEITT implementation commenced in April 2011.  Activities under the SPEITT programme will be implemented over a period of six years.


Components of the SPEITT Programme:

1. Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT).

The IACT project aims to strengthen PACP states productive export capacity in the primary industries of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and allied downstream processing. 

The project is focused on key intervention areas to increase diversified products for exports and increase market access and compliance with international trade standards.

The IACT project is implemented by SPC under a joint management mode and through a Contribution Agreement between EU and SPC. IACT has a budget of €9 million.

2. Pacific Integration Technical Assistance Project (PITAP).

The PITAP is aimed at improving trade policy outcomes by building technical capacity, increasing private sector engagement in the trade policy process and by increasing exports and investment in the Pacific region.

Key result areas under PITAP include: negotiation and implementation of specific regional and multilateral trade agreements; improved trade policy frameworks developed and adopted by PACP states and improved ability of the private sector to engage in the process of trade policy development, and  to better access export opportunities from implemented trade agreements.

The project aims to improve coordination between PIFS, national and regional stakeholders and development partners to increase Aid for Trade and institutional strengthening.

PITAP is implemented by PIFS under a joint management mode and through a Contribution Agreement between PIFS and EU. PITAP has a total budget of €13.9 million.


3. Trade Facilitation in Customs Cooperation (TFCC).

 The TFCC programme improves trade facilitation by improving customs management and developing efficient systems. TFCC aims to improve and sustain institutional capacity of the OCO; help develop internationally-compliant customs legislation to be adopted and enacted by PACP states and ensure that internationally-compliant customs processes and systems are in use in PACP states.

The TFCC programme is implemented by OCO through a partly decentralised management mode through a grant contract with PIFS. TFCC project has a budget of approximately €8 million.


4. Pacific Regional Tourism Capacity Building Project (PRTCBP).

The PRTCBP is about strengthening the productive capacity of a sustainable tourism industry. It does this by supporting a more conducive and enabling environment for regional tourism growth.

This is achieved through enhanced policy and capacity development in tourism planning; investment in small and medium enterprise development and through market research and marketing. The PRTCBP is implemented by SPTO through a partly decentralised management mode through a grant contract with PIFS. Total PRTCBP budget is approximately €5 million.




Implementing Partners

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