Artisan-market links are key, says Forum DSG

22/02/2013

<p style="text-align: justify;">Inaugurating Maketi Ples 2013 in Sydney this week, Andie Fong Toy, Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has called on island nation governments and policy makers to improve the coordination and communication between market players and producers.</p>
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[caption id="attachment_4521" align="aligncenter" width="400"]<a href="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/PIFS-Maketipleslrg.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-4521" alt="Andie Fong Toy, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Deputy Secretary General and Shiu Raj, Director of Economic Governance at the inauguration of Maketi Ples 2013 in Sydney this week." src="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/PIFS-Maketipleslrg.jpg" width="400" height="250" /></a> Andie Fong Toy, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Deputy Secretary General and Shiu Raj, Director of Economic Governance at the inauguration of Maketi Ples 2013 in Sydney this week.[/caption]
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<p style="text-align: justify;">“As in many regions, the Pacific cultural industries remain informal and unorganized which leads to missed opportunities for business growth. When properly organised and developed, there is great potential for economic activity. Producers will be able to benefit financially from their skills and drive growth within the Micro, Small and Medium enterprises sector,” Ms Fong Toy said.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“With an increased flow of information, improved business skills, proper design support, and fully developed marketing and export organisations; cultural producers could integrate with cultural institutions, operators and the private sector, to benefit from lucrative tourism and export markets.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“Together these improvements in the industry will ensure the transfer of knowledge from older generations to younger generations, preserving skills and traditions for years to come,” she added.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Saying the Forum fully supported initiatives like Maketi Ples, the Deputy Secretary General said, “Practical solutions for the region’s informal sector such as this, are encouraging particularly as they relate to the Forum’s Pacific Plan – the guiding strategy for strengthening regional cooperation and integration in key priority areas such as private sector development.”</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The senior official welcomed Samoa and the Republic of the Marshall Islands as they made their first appearance in Maketi Ples. “The Forum Secretariat, like other multilateral organisations in the region, supports women in business and I am pleased to note the exquisite work of Elefa Handicraft from RMI, showcasing the fine weaving traditions of the Marshallese women,” she added, encouraging those gathered to support Pacific arts, crafts and artisans “to buy the very special work that is before you.”</p>

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