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January 2018, Solomon Islands: A courtesy visit was made by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretary General, François Martel to the Solomon Islands to provide a briefing to the new Prime Minister and Chair of PIDF on the progress of the organisations mandate and to reach an agreement and confirmation of dates for the 2018 PIDF Governance meetings. The series of meetings also included meeting key ministers and members of PIDF’s National Sustainable Development Board, an extended implementation arm of PIDF at the national level.

“We deeply appreciate the leadership provided by Solomon Islands and look forward to progressing the various issues discussed and in particular we eagerly anticipate our governance meetings to be held in the Solomon Islands later this year in July”, said PIDF Secretary General Martel.

The Secretary General provided an update to the PIDF Chair on the progress of activity implementations and various work undertaken by PIDF and the strategic direction forward.

An encouraging outcome of these meetings was the agreement by the Government of Solomon Islands to host the PIDF Governance meetings in July to coincide with the upcoming Melanesian Festival of Arts and the 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations of Solomon Islands.

“It was a very positive first meeting with the Chair, who reiterated full support from the Solomon Islands Government to PIDF and congratulated us on our achievements over the last two years”, he further added.

The Secretary General also held discussions on possible collaboration on areas where PIDF could potentially provide assistance with key government Ministers of ministries such as Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification, Fisheries & Marine Resources, Environment, Climate Change & Disaster Management as well as for Development Planning and Aid Coordination especially on areas such as renewable energy, blue economy, climate action, green economies and enhancing island resilience.

The visit by the Secretary General enabled him to meet members of the PIDF National Sustainable Development Board and discuss the next phase of engagement which will be to undertake capacity building activities under a plan to be formulated with members.

The capacity building activities will strengthen the ability of the Board to provide coordinated and coherent support to PIDF’s member countries, coordinate the implementation of PIDF’s Strategic Plan, promote inclusive development and multi-stakeholder style of governance in the countries and enhance skills of the Board to support PIDF’s inclusive development efforts towards sustainable Green/ Economy.

The Suva based PIDF Secretariat is currently mobilising and coordinating the upcoming meetings with Solomon Islands with a formal invite to members and invited guests set to be forthcoming over the next few months.


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