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The Governor General of Tuvalu His Excellency Sir Italei Lakoba met with the Secretary General for the Pacific Island Development Forum Mr Feleti Teo at the PIDF HQ this morning.
The Governor General is in Suva to attend the Pacific Leaders Meeting with the visiting Prime Minister of India His Excellency Narendra Modi. Accompanying the Governor General to the PIDF were the Tuvalu Minister for Communications & Transport Mr Monise Laafai and Tuvalu High Commissioner to Fiji Mr Paulson Panapa.
This is the first visit to the PIDF HQ by the Governor General and the first by the Head of State of a Pacific Island Country. The first visit to the Secretariat by a Head of Government from the Pacific was also by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu Hon Enele Sopoaga who visited last month on Friday, October 17, 2014.
This is the second high level visit to the PIDF Secretariat this week by a Pacific Leader. The first was yesterday’s visit by the Prime Minister of Tonga His Excellency Lord TU’IVAKANO.
Like Tonga, Tuvalu is one of the founding countries that had originally approved the establishment of the PIDF when Pacific Leaders had gathered in Fiji in 2012 under the umbrella of the ENGAGEMENT WITH THE PACIFIC and was also represented at the Inaugural PIDF Summit in 2013.
During the meeting this morning the PIDF briefed the Governor General on the special place the PIDF occupies in the regional architecture, the major activities before the PIDF which includes the development of the PIDF Agreement for presentation for endorsement by Pacific Leaders at the Third PIDF Summit in August next year 2015:

“The PIDF is the Pacific’s most inclusive South-South platform for action on the Green/Blue Economy. It is the regional counterpoint to PSIDS UN Missions and the Pacific Sub-regional link for UN High Level Political Forum, the UN’s major coordinating forum for sustainable development.”
“The Pacific is at a historical juncture in its development. It is establishing for the first time the Pacific’s first and truly representative and participatory platform on the Green Economy. In doing so it is empowering the People of the Pacific as primary stakeholders in their development to initiate the process and make joint decisions about its outcome. We are also giving value to voices never heard at this level of decision making in the Pacific before.”
“The PIDF Agreement, Pacific Leaders had directed the PIDF Secretariat to present for its consideration at the next PIDF Summit in August next year, will prescribe the long term institutional arrangements for the Pacific Islands Development Forum. It is being developed as the Leaders had requested in an inclusive and participatory process that ensures inputs from of all stakeholders in the Pacific.”

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SG Teo, Governor General Lakoba & Minister Laafai