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Cooperation and capacity building among the Forum Island countries (FICs): environment and trade linkages

Kumar, Sunil and Kahsai, K. (2010) Cooperation and capacity building among the Forum Island countries (FICs): environment and trade linkages. School of Economics, the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

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Pacific island countries are deficient in policymaking towards regional integration, trade negotiations and to address environmental issues. There are a number of reasons for this including deficient institutional infrastructure, small population, geographical isolation and labour migration. Although some tertiary training programs exist among countries such as Fiji and Samoa, there are inherent problems and capacity gaps among other countries such as Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Kiribati. As a result of many resource constraints, there is a lack of coherent policymaking and incentives for cooperation in areas of common regional interest is lacking. Climate change and trade are the key areas where cooperation is urgently needed. For example customs unification and trade agreement in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) need to negotiated and resolve urgently. Geographical isolation, ethnic and political heterogeneity also prevent meaningful interactions and cooperation. This paper examines the problems and the existing institutions that seek to facilitate the various agreements towards intra-regional cooperation amongst the Forum Island Countries (FICs). The paper explains the reasons for the lack of regional cooperation in trade and environment to capacity deficits in negotiation and policymaking, and lack of international cooperation.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Working paper no. 2010/8.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Economics
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 16 May 2010 04:42
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2015 02:09

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