MSG summit underway

THE 20th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) summit held in Honiara, Solomon Islands is in progress.

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama arrives yesterday (Tuesday).

Other senior officials or delegates have seen arriving in Honiara since last week well ahead of the proper Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) which actually kicks-off, Wednesday, 24.

In his inaugural welcoming remarks, Solomon Islands foreign Minister Milner Tozaka on behalf of the government and people of Solomon Islands welcome the envoys to Honiara.

“It is a pleasure for the Government of Solomons, as host, to welcome you all to Honiara for this important Pre-Summit FMM.”

The theme for the summit is “Let us build a strong Melanesia in the Pacific where peace, progress, prosperity is ensured and sustained for all.”

“Guided by the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) report which led to the formulation of the 2038 Prosperity for All Plan adopted by our Leaders in 2013, the theme is fitting as we look forward to endorse the implementation framework of the plan at this Summit.

“To this end, I note that our Senior Officials at their meeting last week deliberated on the implementation framework of the plan.

“The 2038 Prosperity for All Plan, ambitious as it is, envisions what our sub-region of Melanesia in the Pacific will be like in the next 25 years-a strong and vibrant Melanesia.

“To achieve this objective, collective efforts of our peoples, governments, private sector, civil society organisations and development partners alike will be necessary.

“We will need to develop and work on synergies and utilize cooperation modalities and partnerships that take into account the present day architecture we have for regional cooperation and likewise utilize public –private partnership and triangular cooperation where there are feasible,” said Tozaka.