PHAMA’s program has been successful in Tonga
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 07/02/2018
Tonga’s effort in securing new markets for its local produce has been praised by its neighboring islands.
This was after they established markets for its squash in China.
In a press statement from PHAMA, Tonga has been congratulated by its neighbours during the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Coordinating Committee meeting in Fiji late last month.
The statement also stated that the participants from the region were keen to know how Tonga was able to quickly establish a new market in China and Korea for its squash and also for its horticulture exports.
PHAMA’s Coordinator in Tonga, Paula Mosa’ati, said their success in securing markets in China in 2016 was the result of the public-private partnership approach.
He said they have cooperated with exporters, Government Ministries and representatives from the Tongan government and Pacific Trade and Invest’s offices in China to enable this work.
Mosa’ati said, the aim was to find new markets for Tongan produce and to be one of the first in the Pacific to trade with China.
While delivering an overview of PHAMA’s progress in Tonga last year, Mosa’ati said Tonga’s Market Access Working Group was a dynamic and effective way for the private sector and government to work together to grow export to benefit the people.
The Market Access Working Group was initially an initiative by PHAMA to bring government and private sector representatives together to discuss market access challenges and find solutions.
Meanwhile, the CEO for the Ministry of Agriculture Dr Viliami Manu said, the country had undergone an intensive exercise to comply with China’s export requirements before the first shipment of 23 tonnes of squash in December 2016.
He said, Tonga had previously gained access for squash to Korea based on an agreement between government ministries and quarantine departments.
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