Fiji : Solomon Islands ascends to PIDF chairmanship.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogravare has become the first non-Fijian to chair the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama handed over the chairmanship at the PIDF Leadership Summit.
During his opening remarks at the Summit, Prime Minister Bainimarama heralded the change in leadership as evidence of the maturation of the PIDF in serving as a force of good in the Pacific region.
The PIDF is maturing rapidly, with a membership that reflects the breadth and richness of Pacific Island cultures, economies and experiences. From the first day, we have been organised for action. We have focused very specifically and practically on finding solutions for green growth and sustainable development. And we have had the wisdom to know that government cannot achieve that alone, he said.
Prime Minister Bainimarama went on to describe the PIDF as a leading institution in representing the interests of developing Pacific nations on the global stage.
And we are also a political voice. In our short life so far, PIDF has established itself as a worthy and respected international institution that honestly represents the interests of its members to the world. This is our organisation, our forum, and our collective and undiluted voice, he said.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare commended PM Bainimarama for his leadership as chairperson of the PIDF. He also highlighted the milestone achievement of the Suva Declaration that provided the basis for negotiation by Pacific states, resulting in the Paris Agreement.
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