Private Sector Stimulation

Common Climate Strategy: The Cook Islands Government’s renewable Energy Chart, supported by New Zealand, sets ambitious renewable energy targets: 50 percent by 2015 and 100 percent by 2020. Furthermore New Zealand is also working with the Government of Tuvalu to support a Renewable Energy Efficiency Unit within the Tuvalu Electricity
Corporation in order to implement new options for a generation of total renewable energy consumption. Even though these strategies are some of the most aspiring strategies to be found on a global scale, they are not regionally based. This creates the possibility for Pacific island states to avoid adopting any neighbouring policies, hence not promoting the diffusion of policies which is vital to build a regional community.

Common Visa-policy: The current RSA policy is ensuring that workers from island states can obtain working visas. It is based on support from individual businesses, hence relying on economic fluctuations. Furthermore, the policy is targeting hard manual labourm thus excluding female workers. By inserting a principle of a non-discriminatory free movement of people in the region, a securing of a diffusion of knowledge as
well as a sense of “we-ness” is stimulated throughout the region.

Common protected and subsidised
agriculture policy:
Producer organisations do address some of the challenges small-scale farmers meet when confronted by an increasing influence of market-oriented farming. A common supranational agriculture policy will be to develop the industry to a much greater extent before releasing it to global market. The allocation of resources will allow global industries to better develop skills and know how developing a unique pacific brand is more likely to have success on the global market. Better products to sell on a global market will undoubtedly lead to the possibility of a growth in the islands currently
weak exports.