Title: Development of Effective Governance Structures for the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Movement and Establishment of the Organic Guarantee System for the Pacific Organic Standard
1. To identify the most appropriate governance structure for the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community, housed within the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. The objective of the assignment included identifying at the level of the national organic movements the most appropriate and effective mechanism to elect/appoint well qualified national delegates who will be responsible to elect the industry based members of the POETCom Executive Board.
2. To develop the Organic Guarantee System (OGS) for the Pacific Organic Standard as an essential step towards the Pacific Organic Standard (POS) being utilized for certification of Pacific organic produce and to enable POETCom to seek equivalency agreements for the POS with other standards such as the EU Council Regulation No 834/2007 on organic agriculture and others, including the preparation of a dossier for submission of POS to the EU to seek equivalence.