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Leaders Set Vision, Direction For A Blue Pacific Region

"As African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) states we share mutual interests and opportunities in our engagements"
12 Jul 2022 13:19
Leaders Set Vision, Direction For A Blue Pacific Region
Pacific Islands Forum Chair and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on July 11, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Despite the absence of Kiribati from the opening of the Pacific ACP Leaders meeting yesterday, Pacific Islands Forum Chair and Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama remained optimistic.

In his address, he spoke of the importance of Pacific regionalism and setting the course for the future of our Pacific through the 2050 strategy for the Blue Pacific continent.

Mr Bainimarama said it was always a great opportunity when they, as leaders, convened and discussed issues of mutual concern that were of priority to the Pacific people.

 

“As African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) states we share mutual interests and opportunities in our engagements,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“With the European Union and with fellow African and Caribbean states, broader than this, this platform is an opportunity to work together, to discuss and develop solutions.”

During the opening of the ACP meeting, Mr Bainimarama also conveyed his sincere gratitude to the Pacific ambassadors in Brussels, who have been tirelessly working to finalise the Samoa agreement.

 

“That reflects our Pacific priorities, in particular climate change and resilience and oceans, seas and fisheries,” he said.

“We need to endure effective and efficient implementation arrangements that will respond to our regional vision and maximise the benefits of our country and people.”

He also said the new agreement would provide the Pacific with an opportunity to strengthen our collaboration with the African and Caribbean meetings and con- sider the future role of the PACP group.

PIF General Secretary Henry Puna, in his welcome remarks, said development and security challenges that the Pacific faced today, from COVID-19 to climate change to ocean pollution, were the highlights of the critical importance of regional and multi- lateral cooperation.

 

“In securing the collective future of the Pacific, these issues continue to involve amid intense fine strategic interest in our Blue Pacific Region,” he said.

“Leaders are to collectively con- sider the 2050 strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, setting the direction and terms of engagement for our people and the future of our Pacific region.”

The opening of the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Leaders Meeting, which was held at the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat, was also joined by the Organisation of African, the Caribbean and the Pacific States (OACPS) Secretary-General, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, through a virtual recorded message from him. Mr Chikoti couldn’t join the leaders in person, but he was confident that the outcome of the meeting would be substantive and far-reaching.

 

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