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Important Pacific Coconut Project Moving Closer to Becoming a Reality

Amb_Vocea_Coconut10th August 2012: An important Coconut Development Project is moving closer to becoming a reality following successful meeting in Brussels Belgium between Fiji’s Ambassador to the European Union Mr. Peceli Vocea together with other Pacific and ACP Representatives and the EC, ACP Secretariat and EU Delegation in Suva.

The European Commission has now confirmed that the draft Final Report submitted by  Ambassador Vocea together with other Pacific and ACP Representatives has now been approved after a final vetting process by the Commission. The Report will be tabled for funding approval by the EC after the summer break in August 2012.

The Pacific Coconut Development project proposal is an ambitious and forward-looking development initiative which takes coconut-based manufacturing to a higher level by incorporating value-adding processes into the production chain. It supports Pacific economies to export value-added coconut-based products (e.g. soft vegetarian cheese, coconut yoghurt, high quality oil, protein, flour, chips, cream, milk powder) and help reduce high fuel import bills by using coconut oil-fueled power generators in rural areas (supporting rural electrification/rural development objectives).

The project will utilize community-based networks (planting, harvesting) in the production chain which guarantees that the benefits are filtered down to the basic economic units in rural areas. Fiji has been identified to be one of the four pilot countries, together with Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

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