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Partnership Deals on PIDF Agenda

Four to be made, others in final stages before signature JYOTI PRATIBHA NADI The Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) is set to sign a number of partnership agreements with its
17 Jun 2014 07:45

Four to be made, others in final stages before signature
JYOTI PRATIBHA
NADI
The Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) is set to sign a number of partnership agreements with its development partners at this Thursday’s second summit.
Last year’s PIDF inaugural meeting had recognised the critical place of partnerships in sustainable development.
At the forthcoming summit the PIDF is set to sign at least four partnership agreements, with a number of others in their final stages of formalisation before signature. One of the major agreements is the host country agreement between Fiji and the PIDF. The interim secretary general of the PIDF, Feleti Teo, welcomes this major achievement in these early stages of the PIDF’s existence as the Pacific’s newest regional organisation.
He said: “As the global community navigates discussions for a post-2015 framework, the PIDF has reconfirmed that business as usual is no longer an option, and that we need to move from silos to synergies in addressing the interlinked challenges of environment and development.
“The PIDF intends to build on its unique advantage as a multi-stakeholder platform that allows Pacific island communities to benefit from integrated approaches spanning multiple sectors and combining different interests. No other Pacific organisation can currently provide these benefits. We are therefore excited by the various partnership agreements that will be signed at the second summit and the potential they bring to the Pacific.”
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, will open the summit at the Sheraton Fiji Resort, Nadi.
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