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The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Feleti Teo has been invited to address a major Seminar on Japanese assistance to the Pacific that will be held in Tokyo next week.

The Seminar entitled, “JAPANESE AID DIPLOMACY TO PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES- IS THERE NEED FOR NEW APPROACH GIVEN RECENT TRENDS IN PACIFIC REGIONALISM”, is being jointly sponsored by Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Fiji Embassy, Tokyo. It is being held in Tokyo on 27 November 2014. Speakers at the Seminar include, H.E. Mr. Keiji Furuya, Chairman, Japan-Pacific Islands Countries’ Parliamentary Friendship League /Member of the House of Representatives; Mr. Yukihiro Wada, Director, Oceania Division, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; Dr. Izumi Kobayashi, President, Japan Pacific Islands Association; Mr. Kazuyoshi Ogawa, Director, Pacific Islands Centre; Mr. Takahiro Kitano, Chairman and President, Executive Officer, Kitano Construction Corporation.

A United, Distinctive and Sustainable Pacific Society The Seminar will address the question: Should Japanese Aid Diplomacy be reviewed to address new regionalism that is developed in the region in recent times. It will look at the issue of coordination of development assistance, the need for a partnership approach in development assistance management, the delivery modality that may be best for each country etc.
Commenting on the invitation, Secretary General Teo states,

“The regional dimension of development is now recognized as being critical for an effective
and coordinated response to an ever-growing number of developmental challenges. With the regional development architecture evolving rapidly, this is an opportune time for
development partners such as Japan to reflect on its interaction with the new regional dynamics.”

“The new regional development architecture needs to be understood, supported and partnered with to promote sustainable development. I am hopeful that this Seminar will enable development partners such as Japan to move towards more coherence in policy and delivery at the regional level and in the process assist the region to move forward towards a more equitable and balanced sustainable development.”