World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the International Trade Centre's World Export Development Forum in China on 9 September 2010, discussed the importance of a holistic approach to trade.
A new mentoring scheme in the Pacific recognises the value of access to practical business experience. It is working to strengthen businesses and provide a sustainable network of mentoring for the future.
The Pacific tsunami caused significant destruction in areas of Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga and resulted in the tragic loss of life and injury. The waves were devastating, but the efforts of Pacific authorities, institutions, and communities, with international support, mean the affected areas are now well on the path to recovery.
When the Princess Ashika ferry sunk on 6 August 2009 it was the worst maritime disaster in Tongan history. New Zealand assisted Tonga with the initial search and rescue effort and later with securing another vessel to restore an essential transport link.
In the mid-2000s, Pacific Island countries were expressing their desire for increased migration and employment opportunities in their developed neighbouring countries. At the same time the horticulture and viticulture industries in New Zealand were facing a labour crisis that threatened their viability.
Many Pacific island countries have small land mass but comparatively large marine resources in their exclusive economic zones (EEZ) - the sea area that they have rights over. These resources present economic opportunities through revenue and employment, but need to be sustainably managed so that local food security and marine eco-systems are protected.