FRENCH POLYNESIA BLACK PEARL PRODUCERS TO HOLD OCTOBER COLLOQUIUM

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PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (September 20, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---Black pearl producers in French Polynesia will hold their first colloquium next month to discuss product quality, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

The meeting, which is to be held at Pape‘ete's Sheraton Resort, will bring together representatives of the Poe Rava Nui producers group, Tahiti Pearl Producers and others involved in the territory’s black pearl industry.

The meeting, immediately preceding another international black pearl auction, will be used to further educate French Polynesian producers about developments in breeding techniques and provide information about such matters as equipment developments, marketing, finance, environmental considerations and training.

Also included on the meeting agenda are presentations by pearl industry representatives from elsewhere in the Pacific Islands region, Australia and Japan.

For the past several years, French Polynesia pearl producers have placed increased emphasis on maintaining a high quality production standard.

Next year, international black pearl auctions in French Polynesia are scheduled to take place February 22, June 21 and October 11.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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