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Pacific looks at more inclusive development

Source: MINISTRY OF INFORMATION Pacific island countries are moving towards more inclusive growth to address development of individuals in their respective nations, says the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. This is
13 Aug 2013 17:31

Source: MINISTRY OF INFORMATION

Pacific island countries are moving towards more inclusive growth to address development of individuals in their respective nations, says the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

This is one of the outcomes and rationales behind the recent Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF).

“The hope and aspirations that the PIDF will bring renewed vigour and in fact – winds of change for the Pacific island countries in the sense that there will be more inclusivity in decision-making for the proper governance of our island states,” Ratu Epeli said.

The parliamentarians from the Pacific Island Countries (PIC), non-governmental organisations and other United Nations agencies are in Suva to discuss through the three-day Pacific Conference of Parliamentarians for Advocacy on ICPD beyond 2014.

The meeting will chart the way forward for the 20 years development plan, encapsulated in a Programme of Action (PoA), which expires next year, in the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) organised gathering.

In attendance at the meeting were cabinet ministers from Pacific island countries such as Cook Islands Minister for Health, Nandi Glassie, Marshall Islands Minister for Education, Hilda Heine, Niue’s Minister for Health, Community Affairs and Broadcasting, Joan Viliamu.

Distinguished members of parliament from other countries included Samoa’s Deputy Opposition leader Aeau Leavaiseeta, Nauru’s Speaker, Ludwig Scotty, Federated States of Micronesia Senator Magdelena Walter, Kiribati MP Matrtin Tofinga, Solomon Islands MP Douglas Ete and Tongan MP Aisake Eke.

Fiji’s Minister for Health, Dr Neil Sharma and Minister for Social Welfare and Women, Dr Jiko Luveni are also attending the meeting.

Full details in Wednesday’s Fiji Sun newspaper.

Participants at the three-day Pacific Conference of Parliamentarians for Advocacy with the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. Photo: MINISTRY OF INFORMATION

 



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