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Kuwait and United Arab Emirates Pledge Funding Support

kububolaThe Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola announced today from Abu Dhabi that the Government of the State of Kuwait has pledged USD389,000 and the Government of The United Arab Emirates has pledged USD100,000 towards Fiji hosting the Inaugural Meeting of the Pacific Islands Development Forum from 5 to 7 August 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel in Denarau Island.
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The call for a Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) was endorsed by the Leaders at the 2012 “Engaging with the Pacific” Meeting on 23rd-24th August 2012 in Nadi. Leaders saw PIDF as the opportunity for ALL national players in Pacific Small Islands Developing States (PSIDS) – Governments, Private Sectors and Civil Society to unite in discussing and identifying options that will ensure sustainable development outcomes by establishing green PSIDS economies. A green economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.
Speaking from Abu Dhabi, Ratu Inoke said:

“I thank the Government of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates for showing their early support for the inauguration of the Pacific Islands Development Forum in such a generous way. It is an acknowledgment of their deep interest to partner with PSIDS in the sharing of development experiences through South-South cooperation. We look forward to working with them for the purpose of engaging leaders from key sectors in implementing green economic policies in PSIDS.”

The Foreign Minister added that “a changing global and regional environment requires new and innovative approaches to problem solving. Fiji's successful foreign policy to engage with the rest of the world has provided the PSIDS with a voice among new friends who have already made progress in their pathway to sustainable development”.

Leaders from public and private sectors and civil society from the twenty PSIDS and self-governing territories are expected at the Inaugural Meeting of the PIDF.