New Global Business Network for Small Islands

A new online network for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) launches in September. The network aims to link SIDS to the private sector, global businesses and other stakeholders at the national, regional, inter-regional and international level.

The SIDS Global Business Network was formulated at a Private Sector Partnerships Forum which OHRLLS co-hosted on the side-lines of last year’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.

It is anticipated that the website will help to set up a network between SIDS and business opportunities, serving as a mediator through which members can interact, gather and share business methodologies and plans. Hosted by OHRLLS, the site combines social networking, advertising, marketing and links to relevant international organisations.

Due to a limited land mass, vulnerabilities to a global climate change, and geographical isolation, SIDS face unique challenges that create a host of pressures on their natural ecosystems. Yet these predicaments can also leverage opportunities to promote the sustainable development of island communities.  It is hoped that the new facility will help to develop successful partnerships between Small Island Developing States who are already starting to establish initiatives with the private sector. One example of this is the South Pacific Destination Alliance, an initiative that mediates relations between leaders of local business communities, NGOs, and local governments and helps to accommodate the development of regionally-suitable solutions that consider tourism a valuable tool for change. Further information on the network will be available on the OHRLLS website at the end of September.