Bainimarama to hand over MSG chairmanship


Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama would be travelling to New Caledonia next week to attend the 19th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders Summit.


At the summit, the head of the Government will also hand over MSG chairmanship to hosts, the Front De Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS).


Fiji had taken over the chairmanship of the biggest bloc in the region in 2011 from Vanuatu.


The handing over ceremony will mean the end of Fiji’s leadership in the sub – regional committee. However its role as the leading country in advancing the interests of Melanesia will continue.


Under Fiji’s leadership, many issues regarding Melanesians were advanced in international conferences.


As part of the group, Melanesian countries Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have consistently lobbied for many issues affecting them including climate change and nuclear testing.


The past year has seen strengthened cooperation within the region in terms of trade and knowledge sharing, movement of skilled labour and strong police cooperation between the countries.


The weeklong summit will see the trade and economic officials meeting, the senior officials meeting and the foreign ministers meeting.


PM Bainimarama will also be a guest at the silver jubilee celebrations of the establishment of MSG in New Caledonia.


PM Bainimarama will be accompanied by the Foreign Affairs minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.


The celebrations in Noumea will conclude Melanesia week which was celebrated in other MSG countries earlier this year.


– Information Ministry

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