Webinar: Aid-For-Trade Stocktaking Event – Leveraging Pacific Regionalism to Support Economic Recovery and Resilience



24 March 2021

8:00-9:30am Central European Time (7:00-8:30pm Fiji Time)

Virtual Event

Watch for the Webinar HERE

This session explored regional Aid for Trade approaches in supporting pathways for longer term inclusive economic recovery and resilience in the Pacific, with a particular focus on private sector resilience, open markets and supply chains, revitalising export markets, accessing finance for trade and investment, skills development and job creation, including for women.

Themes explored in the discussion included:

  • resource mobilisation and implementation of the Pacific Aid for Trade Strategy 2020-2025;
  • entry into force of the regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus
  • uptake of digitisation of trade processes and trade facilitation innovations;
  • targeted e-commerce capacity building;
  • labour mobility initiatives; and
  • effective partnerships and donor coordination

Join the panelists for a discussion and Q&A:

  • Ms Jenna Diallo, Deputy Director, Office of Economic Development and Governance, USAID Philippines
  • Mr Bill Costello, Assistant Secretary, Labour Mobility and Economic Growth Branch, Office of the Pacific, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Mr Noriaki Abe, Director for International Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Ms Erja Askola, Deputy Head of Delegation, Permanent Delegation of the EU to the Pacific
  • Mr Desmond Tupangaia, Unit Manager – People Trade and Culture, Pacific Regional Division, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Mr Stanley Trief, Manager, Vanuatu Electronic Single Window Project
  • Ms Mary Elizabeth Ramosaea, Team Lead, KBC-Elevate Ltd, Solomon Islands

The event will be moderated by Mr Zarak Khan, Director of Programs and Initiatives, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Agenda and Outcomes: 

  • Access the Agenda of the event HERE
  • Access the Outcomes of the event HERE

For more Information please contact:

Dr Andrea Giacomelli (Mr), Aid-for-Trade and Trade Policy Advisor, Permanent Delegation of the Pacific Islands Forum to the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and Other International Organizations in Geneva; email: andrea.giacomelli@pifs-geneva.ch


Ms Sabrina Varma, Aid for Trade Adviser, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia; email Sabrina.Varma@dfat.gov.au


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