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Tavola chooses regionalism ahead of new political movement

Regionalism is synonymous with Kaliopate Tavola. When the choice came before him between joining a new political movement, proposed Unity Fiji and regionalism he chose the latter. Even though he
31 May 2017 14:25
Tavola chooses  regionalism ahead  of new political  movement

Regionalism is synonymous with Kaliopate Tavola.

When the choice came before him between joining a new political movement, proposed Unity Fiji and regionalism he chose the latter.

Even though he has stopped doing consultancy work, the economist and former diplomat, Government minister and politician is still attending various regional seminars, meetings and regional conferences.

He attends as a presenter, an advisor or member of certain committees.

His interest is what is developing in regionalism.

He is part of the Green Growth Leadership coalition trying to bring Green Growth policies into government policies in the region.

The coalition is a Pacific Group comprising of number of politicians, state leaders, prime ministers and former politicians and heads of various organisations.

Their brief is to bring about the transformation from brown economy into green economy, bringing in new policies that are environmentally friendly.

It is a talanoa group, which meets once a year. The Suva-based International Union of Conservation and Nature and the Pacific Leaders Programme provide the Secretariat funded by Australia. The acting CEO is Mason Smith, former Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture.

The coalition has been in operation since 2012.

Mr Tavola said: “We have done a lot but we want to be lot more active in the future. We want to be more relevant, we want to connect to our various constituencies including various governments.”

Fiji is among countries that have started to put their frameworks together now and the MSG (Melanesian Spearhead Group) is a group that has got its own framework

Those frameworks will have the specific projects that we need to implement on the ground like renewable energy and other green policies.

“The PM has been to our Talanoa, Ratu Inoke has been coming on a regular basis so we have connections to the various leaders so now we want to connect a lot more to the various politicians at the level senior civil servants so that we can plan green growth policies. But Fiji is doing really well with the Renewable Energy that is planned for Taveuni and Ovalau to be self-sufficient in Renewable Energy. A lot of things are happening but we want to push a little more at the regional and national level and particularly with the communities at the sub-national levels,” he said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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