Fiji attends first Forum meeting after 8 years
August 12, 2015 4:47 am
Fiji has re-engaged with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat at the most senior officials level today after a lapse of eight years.
A government delegation led by Foreign Affairs Deputy Secretary Luke Daunivalu attended the Forum’s Officials Committee meeting ahead of the Forum Leaders Meeting scheduled for next month in PNG.
Roving Pacific Ambassador Litia Mawi says the re-engagement is strategic to ensure that Fiji’s position on regional issues is seen to be heard.
“It is also quite exciting for us when so many things are happening, at this juncture particularly the re-crafting of the regional architecture cause that’s the main one that’s going to be Fiji’s focus given that Fiji has to synergise with what’s been happening over the last 8 years and particularly on this even of the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, the post 2015 global development agenda, it’s important for Fiji to be synergising with the region.”
It’s understood that discussions on five shortlisted initiatives of the 68 submissions specific to Pacific Regionalism will be discussed with recommendations to be forwarded to the Forum Leaders meeting.
FOC comprises of senior government officials from Forum member countries, associate members, observers and regional agencies.