PIDF MEETS PACIFIC COUNTERPARTS
The Pacific Islands Development Forum today continued with its outreach to French Territories in the Pacific when it met with Senior Government Officials from French Polynesia and New Caledonia at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese Suva.
Last month the PIDF met with the President of French Polynesia His Excellency Édouard Fritch and leaders of French Polynesia’s umbrella Civil Society and Private Sector Organizations, and leaders of business who are spearheading innovation in Papeete, Tahiti.
Present at the meeting this afternoon was Mr Maurice LAU Poui Cheung from the International Relations Department of the Office of the President of French Polynesia, and Ms Anaïs Rouveyrol from the Office of Regional Cooperation and External Relations, Government of New Caledonia.
The meeting discussed possible areas of cooperation between the parties given their interest in supporting the development of low carbon economies in the Pacific. This includes cooperating in facilitating greater participation by the private sector and civil society in regional processes.
Speaking about the meeting the Deputy Secretary General of the PIDF Mr Penijamini Lomaloma said:
“French Polynesia and New Caledonia are foundational partners of the PIDF. They were there in 2012 when leaders of the Pacific gathered in Nadi under the Engagement With The Pacific meeting to approve the establishment of the PIDF with a mandate to bring about transformative changes in the Pacific through the Green Economy.
The meeting today was an opportunity for the PIDF Secretariat to update them on PIDF activities and explore areas of collaboration.
The visit of these two officials to the PIDF Secretariat was timely as the PIDF gears itself for the preparation of our governing instrument, the PIDF Agreement, which will provide for the long term institutional arrangements for the PIDF. This exercise is going to be a participatory and inclusive process involving everyone in the Pacific and we are glad we can meet face to face with key officials who will be our point of contact in these Territories when our consultations begin.”
Mr Lomaloma, Mr Maurice LAU Poui Cheung and Ms Anaïs Rouveyrol