Fiji was the fifth country visited by a joint mission by UNCTAD, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 2-6 March 2009.
The mission was led by ILO, the coordinating agency in the country, with a view to launching the pilot multi-agency project. A stakeholder meeting gathered about 30 participants from the government, cultural institutions, creative entrepreneurs, artists and creators. Government ministries, institutions and civil society organizations voiced willingness to support the project's activities during 2009-2011.
UNCTAD is envisaging four modes of intervention:
- Policy advice for shaping a strategy for the creative economy.
- Technical assistance for institution-building to facilitate inter-ministerial actions.
- Capacity-building on trade and investment related issues.
- Support for some sectors aimed at improving creative capacities and the competitiveness of selected creative products.
Coincidently, at the end of mission the Fiji Arts Centre was officially inaugurated and the Director of the Fiji Arts Council presented its strategic plan for 2009-2012.
A plan of action to start the implementation of the project activities has been jointly prepared by the three implementing agencies and is in the process of being validated.
By October 2009, The Government of Fiji validated the Plan of Action for the Country opening up the way for the implementation of Phase II of the project.