Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is among country representatives and high-level officials in Noumea this week.
They are attending the 10th Conference of the Pacific Community (S.P.C) in Noumea as well as the celebration of S.P.C’s 70th Anniversary.
Tuilaepa is among a series of key-note speakers will take the floor to contribute to the dialogue, including, Hilda Heine, President of the Republic of Marshall Islands; Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency; Pascal Lamy, High Level Facilitator for out-reach activities on the Post-Cotonou Agreement.
The Director-General of the Pacific Community, Dr Colin Tukuitonga said the high-level meeting this week is crucial for sustaining the strategic direction of the Pacific region’s largest development organisation.
“This year S.P.C marks its 70th Anniversary and we’re delighted to celebrate this milestone during our governing body conference here at the S.P.C Headquarters in Noumea,” he said.
“The Pacific Community exists to support the development aspirations of our Pacific Island members and it is therefore paramount that we engage our member delegations and our partners to steer the strategic direction of the organisation and ensure the effective delivery of work.”
The Conference comes after two days of the organisation’s annual governance meeting, the 47th Meeting of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (C.R.G.A 47).
High on the agenda for this meeting was the implementation of key priorities for the Framework for Pacific Regionalism and a high-level discussion on the Pacific Youth Development Framework, a regional approach to youth-centred development in the Pacific, coordinated by SPC and the Pacific Youth Council and discussions around the continued effective implementation and monitoring of SPC’s five-year strategic plan.
S.P.C will also celebrate its 70th anniversary with its 26 member countries and territories and partners at a Gala Dinner.