Survey In Cooks Looks At Obstacles, Opportunities For Innovation

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EU’s PACE-net plus project seeking feedback on experiences

By Phillipa Webb

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, July 22, 2015) – Encouraging innovative ideas between the South Pacific and European Union is the aim of a project calling for feedback from Cook Islanders.

With the help of the Chamber of Commerce and Cook Islands National Council of Women Michele Di Maio was on Rarotonga last week conducting interviews as part of the European Union’s PACE-net plus project.

Maio is the University of Naples Parthenope assistant professor and United Nations Development Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) consultant for the Pacific-Europe Network for science technology and innovation.

By interviewing various government workers and private sector workers his task has been to provide an analysis of innovative competencies in the Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.

From policy makers to entrepreneurs, people are asked about their personal experiences with innovation including the obstacles and opportunities.

Maio says ‘confidentiality is key’ to the project and answers provided by interviewees will not be made public.

A final report on the project will be available in November, he says.

For more information on the project visit, or to fill out a questionnaire contact the National Council of Women on

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