The Export Industry Development Department of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Friday 23rd April, 2021 hosted a half-day seminar on Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP).
The seminar targeted genuine organisations, companies and businesses who are looking to develop new business opportunities on Non-Timber Forest Products.
This is part of the Project on Capacity Development for Sustainable Forest Resource Management (SFRM) between JICA and the Solomon Islands Ministry of Forestry and Research (MoFR) with a goal for sustainable forest resource management which is promoted from a comprehensive perspective.
SICCI’s Export Industry Development Officer (EIDO), Mr. Ronnie Golopitu acknowledges JICA and MoFR for the opportunity for businesses and members of his Industry Working Groups (IWGs) to explore new opportunities.
“Producing non-timber forest products can create income and open new markets. Value added products from the forest represents a possible solution to market challenges faced by non-timber forest products,” Mr. Golopitu said.
Main presenters at the seminar were Dr. Nishikawa Tatsuji and Hillary Wemani, from the JICA office in Honiara.
Dr. Nishikawa explained that Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP) are the Products of the forest environment beside timber forest product.
“Currently timber products had outweighed the extraction and revenue source for Solomon Islands and to the point of unsustainability.
“NTFP is part of the forest and have potential that can be harnessed as an alternative source of revenue and one that is also sustainable,” he said.
He said there is a global need for this and other Pacific countries have already tapped into it and are adding to viability of the economic vibrancies and competency of their nation.
“Solomon Island has Forest Environment rich in NTFP and the JICA SFRM Project with collaboration of Ministry of Forestry and Research sees this and employ basic information Survey study recently and have information to share with interesting Stakeholders, seeking collaborative initiative to pursue this potential revenue source area,” Dr. Nishikawa said..
SICCI’s partnership with the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA) resulted in the engagement of the Export Industry Development Officer (EIDO) to progress the development of Industry Working Groups (IWGs) into representative and sustainable industry bodies, and to progress relevant market access related activities to assist in export industry growth in Solomon Islands.
These are the Cocoa IWG, Coconut IWG, Horticulture IWG and Sawn Timber IWG.
The fundamental aim of the IWGs is to encourage the development of public private partnerships (joint industry and government consultative groups) that could be bring stakeholders together to address market access issues.
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