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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.