ILO Supports Trade Pasifika 2014

Trade Pasifika 2014 was held from 2-4 April 2014 in Suva, Fiji and offered an opportunity to grow and develop trade leads, meet and network with Pacific Island businesses and national, regional and international buys to create long-lasting relationships.

Trade Pasifika also distinctly featured Pacific Youth Entrepreneurs who were export ready to display their products, undergo various training, listen to motivational speakers and learn from the interaction with established enterprises already exporting. Apart from showcasing an array of products from the region, the 2014 Trade Pasifika tradeshow focused on youth entrepreneurship and women in business, said 2014 Trade Pasifika ambassador Kaliopate Tavola.

“The focus on youth entrepreneurship and women in business is important. Women in business is a growing industry in the Pacific. A lot of women in the Pacific are engaged and active in business,” he said.

“2014 Trade Pasifika will provide information which is critical in their trade. It is generated to provide practical information for participants for issues such as rules to comply with when you have market access, what you need to do to circumvent the trade barriers that one experiences in the marketplace and rules on market access,” Mr Tavola said.

The ILO has supported Trade Pasifika by:
  • Collaboratively sponsoring the youth booth for existing young entrepreneurs,
  • Supporting the participation of school students undertaking ILO's Know About Business (KAB) programme
  • Supporting the participation of youth entrepreneurship advocate Mr Jeremy Liddle from the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance
  • Promoting business education in schools, throughout the event.