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Major Regional Organisations Heads Meet

The Interim secretary general of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Amena Yauvoli, yesterday received the secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor DBE, at the PIDF Secretariat
11 Apr 2015 10:48
Major Regional Organisations Heads Meet
Pacific island regional leaders at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. Photo: PIDF

The Interim secretary general of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Amena Yauvoli, yesterday received the secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor DBE, at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva.

In welcoming Dame Taylor, Mr Yauvoli said: “I am very pleased that we can welcome to our headquarters the secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor.

“This is the first time the leaders of the Secretariat of the two regional organisations are meeting and it ushers in a new chapter in regional co-operation.

“The PIDF and the PIF are the only two regional organisations where leaders of the Pacific meet to discuss important development challenges faced by Pacific SIDS. For instance in our pursuit for low-carbon, resource-efficient, and socially inclusive societies and communities,” Mr Yauvoli said.

“It is therefore important that the executives of the Secretariat of the two organisations meet regularly to discuss their areas of mutual interest and complementarities.  We agreed to work collaboratively and there will therefore be more such meetings between our two organisations in the future,” he said.

Present at the PIDF Secretariat to welcome Dame Taylor was the Interim Chairman of the Senior Officials Committee (SOC) of the PIDF Ambassador Patterson Oti of the Solomon Islands, his predecessor as Chair of SOC Ambassador Gershon Jackson of the Federated States of Micronesia, and Fiji’s Roving Ambassador to Polynesia and Micronesia Ambassador Litia Mawi on behalf of the SOC vice-chair, Esala Nayasi.

Accompanying Dame Taylor was the deputy secretary general (Economic Governance and Political & Security Programmes), Andie Fong Toy and Rex Horoi executive director, Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International.

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