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PM Bainimarama Urges MSG Leaders to be Proud of Achievements

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has urged MSG leaders gathered at the 19th MSG Leaders Summit to be proud of their achievements as a group in its short and impressive 25 year history.

Last night in Noumea as Prime Minister Bainimarama paid tribute to the accomplishments of the regional group, he also officially handed over chairmanship of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to the Front de Liberation Nationale Kanake et Socialiste (FLNKS).

“For a quarter-century, the MSG has provided an opportune forum for our nations to forge closer political, economic and social ties, to search for areas of common interest, and to find ways to mutually improve the lives of our peoples,” he said.

PM Bainimarama attributed the accomplishment of significant achievements to the strong support from all member nations.

“We are turning over the chairmanship of an organization that has grown stronger, that has carved out a firmer regional and international presence, and that has a clearer vision and road map for the future,” he added.

He highlighted that trade between MSG member nations was progressing well and there was re-affirmed commitment to ensuring the free movement of goods, services, labour and capital.

PM Bainimarama said advancements on a number of other fronts have been achieved in the areas of customs cooperation, biosecurity, fisheries and cultural preservation among MSG countries.

The head of government reaffirmed his confidence in handing over the chairmanship of the MSG to its new chair.

“I am confident that we will be in very good hands as the MSG chairmanship passes to Front de Liberation Nationale Kanake et Socialiste (FLNKS) of Kanaky or New Caledonia,” PM Bainimarama said.

PM Bainimarama also extended his gratitude to the regional and international partners of MSG for their support and generosity during his chairmanship.

He also extended his gratitude to the regional and international partners of the MSG for their support and generosity during two year leadership of the group.

Fiji PM to Hand Over MSG Chairmanship to FLNKS

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.