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2013 SUMMIT

Overview

The Inaugural Meeting of the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) was held at the Sheraton Fiji Resort, Denarau Island, Nadi, from Monday 5th August to Wednesday 7th August 2013. The theme of the meeting was, “Leadership, Innovation and Partnership for Green/Blue Pacific Economies”. The Forum attracted more than 300 Stakeholders from more than 40 countries 14 of them from the Pacific. Several high-level representatives from the Pacific graced the Forum with several Heads of State, Heads of Government, ministers and deputies, ambassadors, CEOs and Civil Society leaders contributing passionately towards the programme of the Forum. An integral and important component of the conferenceParajumpers Damen was a Green Economy Expo.The exhibition was also at the Sheraton Fiji Resort and feature displays of green products, processes, technology.

The PIDF is the Pacific’s most inclusive and highest participatory South-South platform for action on the Green Economy. It is a bold attempt to address the issues of sustainable development through a structured and inclusive approach. This inaugural meeting provided the perfect opportunity for multi-stakeholder visioning and discussion on the Green Economy and the PIDF process. The presence of so manyParajumpers Herren stakeholders was a sign, both of stakeholders’ commitment to the Green Economy and of the important role the PIDF will play in tomorrow’s development agenda. The theme for the meeting was:

‘Leadership, Innovation and Partnership for Green/Blue Pacific Economies’.

Theme

The theme highlighted the following:

Leadership. The importance of leveraging Collective Leadership for sustainability. According to recent UN surveys current gaps in implementing sustainable development policies and programs is due to the absence of political will and good governance. The PIDF Inaugural Conference therefore examined the leadership necessary that will enable environmentally socially, culturally and economically sustainable development.

Innovation. The Conference sought to assist participants harness ecologically sound and inclusive innovation for sustainability. The meeting looked at how it can assist participants innovate towards greener solutions.

Partnership.Multi-stakeholder high-impact collaborations is critical for sustainable development. It provides fresh opportunity for doing development better by recognizing the qualities and competencies of each sector whether government, civil society or private sector, and finding new ways of harnessing these contributions for the common good. The Summit was notable in its adoption of a people-centered, development-oriented and inclusive multi-stakeholder approach in its activities.

Green/Blue Pacific Economies. The seminar sought to show that the green economy approach in the Pacific is not merely a way to reduce resource intensiveness or pollution but also a way to achieve resilient, inclusive and sustainable development through enhancing livelihoods and fostering new economic opportunities.

Mission

The Conference mission was to bring together leaders of Government, Industry and Non-Governmental Organisations from the Pacific to address through the green economy the most pressing development challenges facing the region over the next decade and beyond. The meeting has brought about a shift in power relations in the Pacific by valorizing voices that usually go unheard in our development dialogue.

Outputs

The outputs essential to bringing about Green Economic Policies into the Region have six dimensions. They must be both concrete and strategic. Some must lead to concrete action within countries. Others must offer, to policy-makers in the region, proposals for action at the national, sub-regional and regional levels, to enhance economic and social development through the green economy. In all cases they must specify the most effective partnership models to implement the projects, plans or policies proposed.

The inaugural PIDF Meeting also sought to accomplish the following outcomes:

  • An exchange of ideas on how to promote the integration of the three pillars of sustainable development to ensure that policies and initiatives are mutually reinforcing and benefit all members of society;
  • Provide examples from the regions on good practices and public policies that promoted integration of the three pillars of sustainable development;
  • An enhanced understanding of the work of the PIDF and its role as a unique regional platform for the integration of the three pillars of sustainable development in national economies.

Format

The Conference comprises plenary and concurrent sessions. The plenary sessions will feature presentations and discussions by prominent leaders who all share a deep passion for the development of the Pacific and have unique perspectives on how it can be achieved through the Green Economy. There will usually be two scene-setting presentations at 20 minutes each. It will then be followed by response/insights from 3 panelists then Questions and Answers. The concurrent sessions will feature detailed discussions by participants led by senior regional and national public servants, and development practitioners from the Pacific. These high quality analyses will contribute to our understanding of the challenges facing inclusive and sustainable development in the Pacific and the options that exist for addressing these challenges through the green economy.

Secretariat

The Conference was ably supported by a Secretariat Team comprising public servants and volunteers from both the Central and Western Division of Viti Levu. Providing direction to the operation was an inter-agency Committee comprising representatives of all key agencies both from the Central and Western Division. Behind both Teams was a special Committee called the FRIENDS OF THE CHAIR which provided guidance on the development of the Conference Program, the theme and identification of key speakers, panelists etc.

Chairpersons, Discussants, Speakers and Facilitators

Chairpersons

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola

Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Fiji Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, currently the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, commenced his professional career in 1971. He stated with a humble beginning as a Management Trainee at the New Zealand Insurance company for five years. In the subsequent 10 year period till 1987, Minister Kubuabola had progressed as Assistant Manager for the New.

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Professor Elisabeth Holland

Professor Elisabeth Holland has been curious about the world ever since she can remember. Early in her childhood, a love of nature and how things work were the seeds she nurtured throughout her life and led her to become an Earth and atmospheric scientist. Elisabeth Holland, is currently the director of PACE-SD and Professor of Climate Change at the University of the South Pacific in Suva Fiji where she is studying climate change.

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Ambassador Kaliopate Tavola

Kaliopate Tavola worked for 11 years as a civil servant in the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Forests, rising to the rank of Chief Economist. He joined Fiji Sugar Marketing Co Ltd, and represented that company for 4 years in London and continued to do company work in Brussels for 3 years.

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Mr. Taholo Kami

A Tongan native, Kami grew up in Papua New Guinea and graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Technology of PNG. He completed MBA in Marketing/eCommerce as a Fulbright scholar at Vanderbilt University. Kami has worked with the United Nations in New York on networking small islands nations by setting up the Small Islands Developing States Network (SIDSNET).

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Mr. Iosefa Maiava

NATIONALITY: Samoan MARITAL STATUS: Married with 4 children educational qualifications: BA (UPNG) and MA (ANU)CAREER are 2008 (Nov) Head,UN ESCAP Pacific Office. 2007 – 2008 Secretary, Foreign Affairs and Trade,Government of the Republic of Nauru. 1999 – 2007 Deputy Secretary General,Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

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Mr. Nalin Patel

Chairman, Fiji Airways Board of Directors, Suva Nalin Patel is the Managing Partner of G. Lal +Co., Chartered Accountants. He has extensive knowledge in professional services with over 38 years of experience gained internationally and locally in all facets of Accounting Practice and Business Advisory Services, working with a diverse range of international and local clients in a variety of industries, including aviation.

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Mrs. Lorine Tevi

A Fijian serving Civil Society Organisations for fifty-one years. In the 60s and 80s established the Methodist Lay Training Centre in Davuilevu, served as a General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches as well as the sub unit on the Education of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, 1982 – 1991. Upon returning home, she served as a staff of the Pacific Theological College, Lecturer at Davuilevu Methodist Theological College.

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Dr. Gerard Finin

Dr. Gerard Finin is resident co-director of East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP). He conducts research on contemporary social and economic issues in the Pacific islands region, with ongoing projects focusing on governance and globalization. Finin is also engaged in research and teaching related to the Philippines, particularly northern Luzon. His areas of interest include public policy, social change, development, and urbanization. Finin received his PhD from Cornell University in 1990.

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Speakers

Mr. Chey Scovell

Chey Scovell holds a degree in International Business and Asian Studies (Economics, Political Sc.) from Griffith University and Graduate Diplomas in Export Management and Government (Finance and Management). Having focused his tertiary study and professional interest on Asia and the Pacific he believes sustainable and inclusive economic growth for PNG will come through increased focus on value-adding of our renewable resources.

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Honorable Anote Tong

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His Excellency Xanana Gusmao

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J.V. Bainimarama

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Honorable Gordon Darcy Lilo

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His Excellency Dr. Young-Woo Park

Dr. Young-Woo Park, a national of the Republic of Korea, joined UNEP as the Regional Director of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in October 2008. Dr. Park brings with him his long and vast experience working in environmental management and international cooperation both with governments and the private sector. Before joining UNEP’s Asia Pacific office, Dr. Park was the President of the Business Institute of Sustainable.

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Archbishop the Most Revd. Dr Winston Halapua

Winston was born and raised in Tonga. He has spent most of his life in Fiji. He studied in Fiji, England and Israel. He has published works in the area of Sociology, Ecology and Theology. Books and chapters have been published in Fiji, New Zealand, England and Germany. He lectured in Moana Leadership for twelve years at the Auckland University, New Zealand. He became the first Dean of the College of the Diocese of Polynesia.

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Ambassador Rhee-Soo Taek

Permanent Representative to ICAO and Consul General of the Republic of Korea was born on the 1st February 1953 in Seoul, Korea. In 1977 he graduated from Seoul National University, where he majored in Sociology, he graduated from SNU Graduate School for Public Administration in 1979. In 1977 he passed the High Civil Servant Examination and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Dr. Jimmie Rogers

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Mr. Paul Evers

Paul Thompson Evers arrived in Fiji on the 14th December 2004 with the express purpose of creating the first privately owned timber plantation company of Fiji. The company concentrates primarily on the highly valued Teak timber market and has to date planted in excess of a quarter of a million trees. For the first year Paul spent the majority of time deep in the forests covering Viti Levu’s eastern side as well as the drier western side of the island unravelling the nation’s history of Teak trials.

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Ms. Kesaia Tabunakawai

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Mr. Amena Yauvoli

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Mr. David H. Gilmour

David H. Gilmour has enjoyed phenomenal success throughout his entrepreneurial career including the Founding and/or Co-Founding of The South Pacific Hotel Corporation, Barrick Gold, Fiji Water, The Wakaya Club & Spa, and Zinio.com. Gilmour’s newest venture is Wakaya Perfection , a suite of certified organic and sustainable products.

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H. E Hazza Mohammed Falah AL Qahtani

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PIDF Discussants

Mr. William Parkinson

William Parkinson has been Chairman of Leadership Fiji since 2010 and is a founding Board Member. Leadership Fiji is an independent, non-partisan, non-aligned entity that began in 2000, aimed specifically at developing emerging leaders by exposing them to leaders from across our society, in a structured manner. It’s aim is to develop a new generation of leaders equipped to take Fiji forward as a united dynamic nation so that Fiji achieves its full potential in the widest sense.

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Ambassador Robin Yarrow

Mr. Robin Yarrow is a Fiji National and has a degree in veterinary science from Sydney University. A retired career civil servant, he has lived in Fiji all his life apart from undertaking degree study overseas and serving in two Foreign Service postings. He served as Permanent Secretary, the most senior civil service position in Fiji, in four Ministries over a 30 year career, including in the Ministries of Agriculture, Tourism, Foreign Affairs and National Planning, before retiring from civil service in 1999 and working as a Consultant.

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Mr. Rokoseru Nabalarua

Mr. Nabalaruais is the Chief Executive Officer for Natural Water of Viti (Fiji Water). He will oversee all Fiji Wter’s activities in Fiji and the Pacific. Nabalarua is the first Fijian citizen to be CEO of Natural Waters of Viti. His an engineer who was previously CEO of Pacific Energy and the Fiji Electricity Authority. His married with five children.

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Ms. Susana Waqanibete-Tuisese

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Dr. Sitiveni Halapua

Dr. Sitiveni Halapua is a Tongan politician and member of the member of the Tongan Parliament. His also deputy leader of the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands. Mr. Halapua has a PhD in Economics from the University of Kent in England. He lectured in Economics at the USP, Suva, Fiji. He later worked as Director of the Pacific Islands Development Programme at the East-West Center in Hawaii.

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Mrs. Mereia Volavola

Mrs. Mereia Volavola previously was the Chief Executive Officer at Capital Markets Development Authority. She was also worked at the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Home Finance Company Limited and Housing Authority. She has over 16 years of experience in the financial sector in Fiji. Mrs. Volavola has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Economics from the University of the South Pacific and a Master of Business Administration with Honours in Banking…

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Mr. Rex Horoi

Mr. Rex Horoi was appointed as Soloman Islands Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador to the United States and High Commissioner to Canada based in NY. His also the Executive Director for the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI), with over 36 years of experience in network for Independent NGO’s and the working with Grass root Communities in the Pacific.

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Mrs. Premila Kumar

Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Council of Fiji. Mrs. Kumar currently a consumer advocate has had a distinguished career as trade and investment facilitator, environmentalist, teacher, educator and a secondary school teacher. She has taken an evidence-based approach to championing consumers’ interests in a complex, changing world.

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Mr. Siosiua Utoikamanu

Mr. Siosiua Utoikamanu joined the Tonga Ministry of Finance in 1981. He was appointed Deputy Secretary for Finance in 1984. In 1989 he joined the National Reserve Bank of Tonga as Deputy Governor. In 1991 he was appointed Governor. He was appointed Minister for Finance of Tonga in 2001. In 2008 he left government becoming an international consultant.

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Facilitators

Mr. Chey Scovell

Chey Scovell holds a degree in International Business and Asian Studies (Economics, Political Sc.) from Griffith University and Graduate Diplomas in Export Management and Government (Finance and Management).Having focused his tertiary study and professional interest on Asia and the Pacific he believes sustainable and inclusive economic growth for PNG will come through increased focus on value-adding of our renewable resources, tourism and eventually R&D.

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Mr. Shaheen Ali

Mr. Shaheen Ali joined the Ministry of Industry and Trade in September 2011 as acting Permanent Secretary and was confirmed in the position in December 2011. He was appointed to the Service on 30/07/97 as a Graduate Trainee with the Ministry of Trade and Commerce. He also served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Economic Planning Officer and rose up the ranks to the position of Deputy Secretary Economic and Trade.

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Professor Michael G. Patterson

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Mr. Mike Batty

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Ratu Ilisoni Vuidreketi

Mr. Vuidreketi is the CEO of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation and has over 20 years’ experience in private sector development in the areas of Trade, Investment, Tourism and the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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Mr. John Hogan

Mr. John Hogan is the Director of the Economic Development Division (EDD) at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) based in Suva, Fiji. He led the development, design and establishment of the division in 2010, including setting the strategic direction to operationalize energy, ICT outreach and transport (maritime and aviation) programme under the new division. Under John’s leadership, the division formulated three regional sectoral frameworks to guide development in the energy.

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Dr. Ken Cokanasiga

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Dr. Temo K Waqanivalu

Natural and health disasters are not only common but similar in the sense that to a certain extent they can be prevented. The Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world, and vulnerable to disasters caused by natural hazards such as cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, volcanoes and drought.

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Mr. Geoff Hyde

Mr. Geoff Hyde M.Sc. (Tourism Planning/Development Economics), B.A. (Leisure Planning) is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Sustainable Tourism International Ltd. (STIL), a specialist tourism consultancy company registered in Fiji and dedicated to the principles of sustainable tourism as a tool for socio-economic development. He has 28 years of work experience as a Tourism Development Planner, Project Manager, Technical Adviser, SME Business Consultant, Tourism Lecturer and Industry Trainer.

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Mr. Timothy Wilcox

Mr. Timothy Wilcox is Head of UNISDR’s Sub-Regional Office in the Pacific, which covers 17 Pacific Island Countries and Territories, including Australia and New Zealand. He has serviced in the Australian Public Servicein Canberra and overseas in the Australian Diplomatic Corp in Suva, Fiji. Serving five years in the Australian Department of Health and Ageing managing national immunization and population health programs, he was then recruited to the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

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Dr. Alfred Oehlers

Dr. Alfred Oehlers is a professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. His teaching and research focuses on the Pacific islands, with special interests in the political economy of development and interface between development and security, non-traditional security issues, and geopolitical shifts in the region. He currently serves on the Executive Council of the Pacific Islands Political Studies Association.

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Senator J. Kalani English

Hawai’i Senator J. Kalani English is a government leader with 17 years in elected office, and is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation & International Affairs. The Senator is trained in negotiations and diplomacy, specializing in international relations. His background includes the UN, East-West Center and Harvard JFK School of Government. His focus is on the Pacific Islands, with advanced degrees in Pacific Island Studies as well as on the ground experience. He is also a partner in Pacific Advisory.

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Mr. Ropate Ligairi

Mr. Ropate Ligairi is the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture. He spent 31 years with Ministry having started as a Field Assistant in 1981. He was promoted to Agricultural Extension Office in 1983 then moved to the Fiji College of Agriculture where he as a Lecturer in 1989 than a Senior Lecturer and Principal of the College in 2002. In 2009 he was promoted to Divisional Agricultural Officer Northern.

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