THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade is currently calling for submissions of Expression of Interest (EoI) from exporters of Cassava and Taro to submit their proposals to the Ministry.
This is part of the work to speed up the implementation of the Enhancing Capacity for Agriculture Trade project (ECAT) in the Solomon Islands.
The ECAT project support targets Cassava and Taro commodities with the objective of exporting.
The ECAT project strategically places a priority on these two products amongst a lot of products that the Solomon Islands have and aims to enhance quality and in the medium to long-run quantity to meet the market requirement and demands.
It also aims to support the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the National Public Health Laboratory in policy areas and several infrastructures to enable the country to meet the standard requirements to trade.
Under the auspices of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and through the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), part of the project include assisting local exporters, taro and cassava farmers, capacity improvement of the National Public Health Lab, subsidize funding through MAL and overseas market assessment.
The most recent support that the Solomon Islands benefited from was the support towards the Tourism Sector from 2016 to 2018 which has helped to support a few small operators in eco-tourism to meet the Tourism Minimum Standard.
The project coordinating team is working closely with implementing agencies and partners to be able to realize the objective of the ECAT project.
EIF is a multi-donor program, which supports Least Development Countries (LDC) to be more active players in the global trading system, by helping them tackle their supply-side constraint to trade.
Working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), the National Public Health Laboratory, Ministry of Commerce and the Prime Minister’s office, the EIF National Implementation Unit, based at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) is responsible for the implementation of the EIF program/ projects in the Solomon Islands.
All submissions of the proposal must be made on or before 24th April 2020 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.