Pitcairn Island enters international business world
ANGWIN, CALIF., USA. ----- Tiny Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific
Ocean is entering the international business world in a serious
way, according to a report reaching the Pitcairn Islands Study Center
located on the campus of Pacific Union College here.
Under the leadership of the islands Auckland-based commissioner,
Leslie Jaques, 17 business projects are budgeted this year for the
little one-mile-wide by two-miles-long island which was made famous
by the mutiny on H.M.S. Bounty in 1789.
The projects include investigation of commercial fishing possibilities
within the island groups 200-mile exclusion zone. In addition
to inhabited Pitcairn, the group includes uninhabited Henderson,
Oeno and Ducie islands.
Also under development is Pitcairns honey production.
We are already talking with a chain of gourmet stores in
Japan who have offered to take all the honey we produce, Jaques
recently told the 50 people on the island.
He said talks are under way with the ministry of tourism in French
Polynesia about a joint venture tourist operation on Pitcairn and
perhaps other of the islands.
There are seventeen projects in all included in this years
budget, and many of these are now at the stage where they need to
be developed on Island with the benefit of local expertise,
Jaques told the Pitcairners.
In recent years Pitcairn has lost a number of its inhabitants
due to the lack of jobs, with most of those leaving going to New
Zealand. Island leaders have long felt that if jobs were available
on Pitcairn many of those who have left would return to their island
Most present island income derives from the sale of home-crafted
curios, postage stamps, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, and honey.
Pitcairn Islands Study Center, 1 Angwin
Ave., Angwin, CA, USA. Herbert Ford, 707-965-6625, 707-965-2047, Fax: 707-965-6504,
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