INDONESIAN PRESIDENT TO OFFICIATE AT PACIFIC ISLANDS DEVELOPMENT FORUM SUMMIT
The Fijian Government is looking forward to welcoming the President of the Republic of Indonesia His Excellency Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono early next month. HE Yudhoyono will be in the country as chief guest of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) second summit to be held in Nadi from June 18- 20. Prime Minister and PIDF chairman Rear Admiral (Retd) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama had extended an invitation to President Yudhoyono to be the chief guest at the summit, which will focus on “Green Growth in the Pacific: Building Resilient Sustainable Futures and Genuine Partnerships.” Prime Minister Bainimarama said “the President’s involvement in the event signals the growing importance of the PIDF in the region for issues such as sustainable growth and development.” President Yudhoyono’s address to the PIDF will provide the Pacific with a rare opportunity to discuss a global report on global partnership in trying to eradicate poverty through sustainable development. The global report chaired by President Yudhoyono and two other world leaders- Liberian President His Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron – includes the world’s development
agenda beyond 2015. The summit will be the second to be held in Fiji following the formation of the regional group last year.