A consultancy assignment took place between 7th June 2018 and 7th September 2018 on the ‘Analysis of Relevant Business Environment including Financing Mechanisms for Value Chain Development’. Doing business in the Pacific Islands has its challenges and the World Bank ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rankings reaffirm this. Out of the 190 economies covered, the rankings for the 7 project countries are as follows: Vanuatu (83), Tonga (85), Samoa (89), Fiji (97), Solomon Islands (104), Marshall Islands (143) and Kiribati (152); showing that it is difficult to do business. The objective of this research assignment is to analyse the relevant policy and legislative procedures that support or hinder agribusiness development and growth and to better understand the constraints that agribusinesses, especially small and medium enterprises, face. The assignment is expected to identify good practices and opportunities for investment in the agri-business sector. It will also provide a set of recommendations that stakeholders can use to lobby and advocate for business friendly policies, legislations and support that particularly benefit local agribusinesses.
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