Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama will hand over the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) chairmanship during a ceremony at the Tjibaou Cultural Center.

The chairmanship of the biggest sub-regional grouping of the Pacific will see FLNKS official spokesperson Victor Tutugoro take over the duties of MSG chair.

The handing over of the chairmanship will be an emotional one for Prime Minister Bainimarama, who has achieved a lot in advancing the interests of Melanesia and her people over the last two years.

Ahead of the handing over, the Fijian Head of Government said he had full confidence in the FLNKS ranks to continue the good work done by its predecessors.

“I know FLNKS will continue to advance the work done by Fiji and other chairs to grow and strengthen the MSG,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said.

Under his leadership, relationship within Melanesian countries has strengthened.

Trade within the MSG has taken a positive step forward with the removal of tariff for most goods and the region has seen a growth in trade amongst MSG countries. The skill movement scheme to address skill shortage among MSG countries was also borne out of Fiji’s chairmanship.

Advancement was also seen in environmental and climate change issues not only regionally but also in the international fore.

Meanwhile, a customary welcome will be accorded to MSG leaders tomorrow by the customary senate, who are representatives of the eight customary areas of New Caledonia.