Kuwait, United Arab Emirates To Fund Development Forum In Fiji 

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Inaugural PIDF evolved from Engaging with the Pacific Meetings

By Nasik Swami

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, May 27, 2013) – The governments of Kuwait and United Arab Emirates have supported Fiji with more than $800,000 [US$435,000] to host the inaugural Meeting of the Pacific Islands Development Forum in August.

The Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola made the announcement from Abu Dhabi last week and commended the two governments for their early support.

"I thank the government of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates for showing their early support for the inauguration of the PSIDS in such a generous way.

"It is an acknowledgment of their deep interest to partner with PSIDS in the sharing of development experiences through South-South co-operation."

Ratu Inoke said the Fijian government looked forward to working with Kuwait and United Arab Emirates for the purpose of engaging leaders from key sectors in implementing green economic policies.

"A changing global and regional environment requires new and innovative approaches to problem solving. Fiji's successful foreign policy to engage with the rest of the world has provided the PSIDS with a voice among new friends who have already made progress in their pathway to sustainable development."

Leaders from public and private sectors and civil society from the 20 PSIDS and self-governing territories are expected at the Inaugural Meeting of the PIDF.

The call for a PIDF was endorsed by the leaders at the 2012 "Engaging with the Pacific" meeting in Nadi. The three day PSIDS meeting will begin on August 5 at the Sheraton Hotel in Denarau Island.

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