PRIME Minister Rick Hou has joined fellow Pacific Island Leaders in a Commonwealth Island Leaders Roundtable dialogue at the Guildhall London last week.
During the dialogue, the Prime Minister called for a cooperative effort by Island Leaders to address climate change and sea level rise issues affecting pacific island nations.
The Prime Minister also called for collaborative efforts in protecting our forests, natural resources and sustainable fishing in the region.
Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has also echoed similar sentiments stating that Fiji like other pacific island nations are always prone to natural disasters but this should not disadvantage them to pursue their trade, investment and national interests in the region.
He said climate change has continued to become a threat to pacific island countries.
Nauru President Baron Waqa said Pacific region remains the richest in natural resources but continue to become spectators rather than players in the trade and distribution of their own resources.
The Forum is aimed to address the CHOGM 2018 theme ‘Towards a common future’ and was focused on six key areas; accessing modern financial services, easing the pathway for business and growth, harnessing Commonwealth technology and inovation, creating a new attitude to sustainable business, mobilising an export economy and attracting inward investment.
Source: PM’s Press Secretariat