SPC Meeting Gets Underway In Suva

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Appointment of new Director General tops agenda

By Losalini Rasoqosoqo

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Nov. 18, 2013) – The eighth conference of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community gets underway at the Vale ni Bose in Suva today.

The two-day conference will discuss the community’s new corporate strategic plan and the 2014 budget.

Discussions on the topic ‘Enhancing Sustainable Development in Pacific communities’ will be carried out this afternoon.

Tomorrow, a new director general of the community will be appointed.

The SPC is an international organisation that works in the areas of social and economic development with its 22 Pacific island countries. Its governing body is the Conference of the Pacific Community and every two years, a committee of the whole of conference meets to decide on the community’s work programme and governance issues.

Fiji’s Roving Ambassador and High Commissioner to Pacific island countries (Polynesia/Micronesia) Litia Mawi said SPC’s sense of inclusivity was a boost to other island countries on achieving the theme of this meeting, which was sustainable development.

The out-going director general of the community, Dr Jimmie Rodgers, said they could not continue to rely on their members and traditional donor partners to increase their support to finance priority programmes.

He said this at the opening of the community’s Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administration [CRGA] meeting.

"SPC needs to explore other modalities of financing to ensure priority programmes for island members are funded and delivered.

"We also need to look at human resources, corporate strategic plan 2013-2017 and the financing plan to support its implementation," Dr Rodgers said.

The Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, will open the conference.

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